Brewery's Guzzler beer takes gold medal

Mark Branagan THE York Brewery has been toasting success after coming top in an industry competition to find out who makes the best pint of bitter in the North.

The business saw its Guzzler become the gold-medal winner in the bitter category of the North Beer Competition, held by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Managing Director of York Brewery Tony Thomson said: "I'm over the moon. This is a terrific accolade from our peers in the brewing business.

"Guzzler has long been a hit in our pubs and now it has been declared the best for miles around."

The brewery say Guzzler's success is down to its secret recipe – it is a well-balanced, light beer, crisp and refreshing, and not too strong at 3.6 per cent ABV.

The brew's victory comes after another York Brewery beer, Centurion's Ghost Ale, was declared the best strong bitter in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival last year. To celebrate the Guzzler gold medal, diners can enjoy two main meals for the price of one at the brewery's Yorkshire Terrier pub in Stonegate from Monday to Saturday until February 3. Its kitchen has been refurbished and reopened following a fire there before Christmas, and is serving sausage and mash, lasagne and other pub grub favourites again.

The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire, is the first in the North of England to win the Cask Marque Distribution Charter Award for its supply chain. The award sets the standard for storing, transporting and delivering cask beer.

The brewery's distribution centre is in Well, near Masham. Black Sheep founder Paul Theakston said: "We strongly believe that cask beer should be nurtured and cared for every step of the way from the brewing process right through to the beer pumps on the bar of your local."