Northumberland brewery strikes gold in European awards

A Northumberland brewery has picked up a gold award at the European Beer Challenge.

Wednesday, 18th May 2022, 10:07 am

The Twice Brewed Brewing Company’s popular Czech Dark Lager, Juno Black bagged the gold medal in the Czech/Bohemian Pilsner category.

The accolade follows on from its gold at the SIBA National Beer Awards in March.

Head Brewer, Matthew Brown, said: “It’s a real honour to pick up another award at the European Beer Challenge, which recognises the best beers in the world.

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Matthew Brown, head brewer at The Twice Brewed Brew House.

“As you would expect, it’s an incredibly competitive field so we’re thrilled to have brought a gold medal home.”

This international recognition for the brewery, which shares a site with The Twice Brewed Inn near Bardon Mill, comes on the back of some sweet success at the recent SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards, which were held as part of the Gateshead Beer Festival..

Matthew and his team brought home gold and silver awards for The Twice Brewed’s Consus Chocolate Stout.

Described as ‘a dark intense stout conditioned on organic cacao nibs, delivering roasted flavours and dark chocolate’, judges put Consus at the top of the table in the category of Cask Session Dark Beer, while assigning it the silver spot in the Overall Champion of the Cask competition.

The Twice Brewed's Consus Chocolate Stout impressed judges at the SIBA North East Awards.

Matthew said: “This is the first win for our Consus Chocolate Stout, but I’m sure it won’t be the last. We look forward to taking it to next year’s SIBA Nationals and hope we can replicate the success we recently enjoyed with Coria.”

The excitement of awards success comes during a particularly busy time at the brewery.

Having recently launched When In Rome – a heritage brew to coincide with the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall celebrations, the Twice Brewed was also one of the North East breweries who worked together to produce the anti-imperial stout, Resist to raise money for the Red Cross working in Ukraine.

There’s also a fruitful collaboration with Harrogate Brewery – a cherry dubbel called, For Whom Dubbel Tolls while a new brew - the latest joint project with Gateshead-based No Club Running Club – will be launched later this month.

Juno Black from The Twice Brewed Brewing Company picked up a European Gold Award.

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