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Issue 493 – Frome brewer in the running for national title

Milk Street Brewery in Frome is hoping to strike gold at a beer competition to find the best beers in the country.

Over 60 beers from the nation’s smaller brewers will be judged at the National Beer Competition organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). The competition, held in Nottingham on 4th February, brings together the winners of seven regional heats, including the South West where Milk Street Brewery triumphed last spring.
The 56 draught and seven bottled finalist beers present an impressively diverse array of beer styles, from milds and pale ales to stouts and fruit beers. Judges will select a winner in each of nine categories, as well as a Supreme Champion beer.
Milk Street Brewery has high hopes for its Funky Monkey, a summer ale boasting as many fruity flavours and aromas as a grocer’s counter. Richard Lyall comments, “Of the 1,400 beers that entered the regional heats, ours is one of only 63 to have made it to the National Beer Competition, so this is a real thrill for us. We’re up against the best beers from brewers across the country, so the competition will be tough and we’ll be delighted to come away with one of the national titles.”
The 10 winning beers will be announced at SIBA’s National Conference in March. In addition to the prestige of winning a national title, the winners are guaranteed a place on the SIBA Champions Bar at the Great British Beer Festival in London in August. The competition is being held at The Canalhouse pub in Nottingham. The purpose-built bar for the 56 handpulls will measure 12 metres, making it the longest temporary bar in the country.
For more information on Milk Street Brewery and what’s going on at the Griffin pub, please see www. milkstreetbrewery.co.uk.

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