Grantham breweries are award winners

Sara Barton and Kathy Britton are Grantham brewers who have won SIBA awards.
Sara Barton and Kathy Britton are Grantham brewers who have won SIBA awards.

TWO breweries in Grantham shone at this year’s Small Independent Breweries Association (SIBA) eatern region competition.

Oldershaws and Brewsters won three awards between them, made all the more special as judges were fellow brewers.

Kathy Britton, owner and brewster of Oldershaw, said: “We are thrilled with this gold award from our fellow brewers, it is great recognition for us.

“We took over Oldershaws two years ago and have continued with the great range of beers we inherited. But this is the first of our new beer recipes to win a competition so we are particularly pleased.

“And none of this would be possible without the great support we get from local pubs and local people.”

Oldershaw’s Great Expectations won gold in the ‘Best Bitters’ category, while Brewsters’ Pale Ale and Whopper won silver and bronze respectively in the ‘Strong Bitters’ category.

They were judged alongside around 160 different beers in total across the various categories.

Sara Barton, owner and brewster of Brewsters Brewery, said: “This is great news for Brewsters, but also for women working in the industry generally. It is a male dominated industry but Grantham has two breweries run by women and these awards show how well we are doing.”

It is incredibly important to both brewers that their partnerships with local pubs flourish, not only to jointly support local businesses, but also to allow pub-goers to experience the many varied tastes the locally brewed beers have.

Kathy said: “We’re doing all we can to support local businesses, as tax on beer is leading to pub closures. So we’re supporting local bars.”

Sara added: “There’s a lot more of people going into pubs asking for local brews. People are more prepared to try something local and finding that it’s good beer and not just amateur home brew.”

To find out more about the beers brewed at Oldershaw Brewery, visit www.oldershawbrewery.com and for more on Brewsters visit www.brewsters.co.uk