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19 Sep

Today has a big red circle on our brewery wall planner to mark the occasion..... as it is the first day that we can officially claim to be international award winners!

Through our links with One Source Trading and our fantastic contact Nick Hansen, a couple of our beers were entered into the prestigious 6th annual Hong Kong International Beer Awards 2014 which was judged at the Restaurant & Bar expo in Hong Kong on 2 September. Our Red Rye was the category winner for the Rye beers and we are over the moon that it was recognised against some strong competition.

Following the last five successful years, the awards are now firmly established as the premier awards recognising the best beers available in Hong Kong’s restaurants and bars. This year, there were over 500 entries from more than 60 distributors.

The Hong Kong international Beer Awards aim to recognize beer distributors who provide and select high-quality beer for private clubs and style bars to karaoke bars and dai pai dongs. There is something to suit every taste and every occasion in Hong Kong. There is no charge to enter the awards. All the entry beers were judged in blind tastings in several categories, by a group of beer experts.

Appearance & Aroma (0-20 points)

It’s important that a beer looks right and you can tell a great deal about a beer from how it looks. The colour gives you an indication of the style and type of malt used. Condition and body are important (the head), and we also looked for carbonization (in the relevant categories) the size of the bubble and the foam – or lacing – the head leaves on the side of the glass, as these all affect the taste. As most of our sense of taste is in our nose the smell also tells us a lot about a beers identity or personality, is it bitter, sweet, sour, etc… The perfect brew should smell accordingly so could you will be dying to get it in your mouth.

Tasting (0-80 points)

Beer is a product meant to be taken orally, not nasally, and no matter how good a beer looks or smells it’s the performance in the mouth that really counts. How does it travel? Does it stall on the mid-palate? Does it race through without really giving the taste buds much to do? The balance of sweetness and bitterness must be right and it must finish well. After the arduous judging process the scores were then added up. The highest and the lowest scores were then discounted and the mean average score indicates our winners.

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