Brewery had judges hooked at beer awards

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton Brewery

Two of Hook Norton 
Brewery’s famous beers have picked up medals in the 
International Brewing Awards.

Hooky won the gold medal in its class (2.9%-4.4% ABV) in the Bottled Ale competition and now goes forward to the International Bottled Ale Championship Trophy competition.

Old Hooky won a silver medal in its class (4.5%-4.9% ABV) in the same competition.

It was beaten to gold in its category by Liberation IPA, from the Liberation Group in St Helier, Jersey.

James Clarke, managing director (brewing) said: “We are all absolutely delighted to win these awards.

“It is testament to our exacting standards and dedicated staff.

“It also demonstrates that, whilst a traditional brewer, we are at the forefront of quality brewing.”

The awards have been running since 1886 and this year more than 30 judges from 16 different countries assessed nearly 1,000 beers over three days to decide on the various winners.

All the judges are practising, professional brewers. The judging took place between February 10 and 12 and the awards were then announced on February 13.

Hook Norton Brewery remains an independent family-run brewery, having been established in 1849.

Old Hooky was first brewed in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and soon became a permanent beer.

A wide variety of beers, lagers and ciders from around the world – including the USA, Australia, Panama, New Zealand, Germany and Lithuania – as well as a host of UK brewers were entered this year.

For more information see www.hooky.co.uk and www.brewingawards.org.