Win for Wisbech brewery

Mr Bill Taylor, chairman of the judges for the International Brewing Awards  (IBA) presenting Elgood's Head Brewer, Alan Pateman, for its Coolship Sour Ale
Mr Bill Taylor, chairman of the judges for the International Brewing Awards (IBA) presenting Elgood's Head Brewer, Alan Pateman, for its Coolship Sour Ale

Wisbech’s Elgood’s Brewery is celebrating after one of its beers won an international award.

Head brewer Alan Pateman picked up the silver medal in the speciality beer category of the International Brewing Awards for the Coolship Lambic-style beer.

Medal winners were selected after a three-day judging session at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent in February.

The panel of 43 judges, who must be brewers or cider makers, assessed nearly 1,000 beers and ciders submitted from 50 countries.

The awards luncheon was held at the London Guildhall.

Claire Simpson, marketing director of Elgood’s Brewery, is delighted with the award.

She said: “We are really pleased to receive the Silver Medal for one of our newest beers, especially as we are competing against such tough international competition.

“We were up against nine other Lambic/Sour beers from Belgium and the USA –and were the only brewery to win a medal for our Lambic/Sour beer in this Speciality Beer Category.”

Elgood’s is one of the only brewers in the UK which is able to brew a Lambic-style beer. This is because the firm owns a unique pair of open cooling trays, known as ‘coolship trays’.

These are needed for the brewing process, allowing the beer to cool naturally overnight, attracting a range of wild yeasts and flavours dominant in the area. The beer then undergoes a spontaneous fermentation over a period of six to nine months.