Awards triumph for Harrogate micro-brewery

Rooster's co-owners Tom and Oli Fozard with the Knaresborough-based micro-brewery's winning team.
Rooster's co-owners Tom and Oli Fozard with the Knaresborough-based micro-brewery's winning team.
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One of the Harrogate district's most popular micro-breweries is celebrating success at the national level during its silver jubilee year.

Pioneering Knaresborough-based Rooster’s Brewing Co has picked up two awards at the National Independent Beer Awards held in Liverpool.
The pioneering family-run independent, which was first launched in 1993, saw two of its beers, Baby-Faced Assassin IPA and the 24/7 Session IPA, fended off competition from hundreds of other UK breweries to bring home both a silver and bronze award in the UK competition organised by SIBA, the society for independent brewers.
Oliver Fozard, Rooster’s head brewer, said: “We pride ourselves on the quality and drinkability of our beers in all package formats, so to win a selection of gold, silver and bronze awards, across the regional and national competitions, for our beers in the cask, keg and the small-pack categories is extremely pleasing and is something the whole team at Rooster’s can be proud of.”
Based on Wetherby Road, as part of their 25th anniversary year celebrations Rooster’s are launching a series of beers throughout the year brewed in collaboration with various breweries based in the UK and the USA, including Magic Rock, Thornbridge and Beavertown.
Several brewers will be making the trip across the Atlantic to brew with Rooster’s in Knaresborough this year, including from Oskar Blues, Ska Brewing and Odell Brewing Co.
The two winning Rooster's beers had already won overall gold awards in their categories at regional level in August last year, before progressing to the national SIBA final.
Baby-Faced Assassin, Rooster’s flagship IPA, picked up a silver medal within the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales category in cask, whilst 24/7, a 4.7% session IPA the brewery launched in April last year, came away with a bronze in the Premium Bitters and Pale Ales small-pack (cans and bottles) category.

The award-winning Roosters 24/7. (Picture by Mark Newton Photography)

The award-winning Roosters 24/7. (Picture by Mark Newton Photography)