‘Keep on supporting your town’s breweries’

A trio of brewers from Grantham. They are, from left - Sara Barton, Kathy Britton and Christine March.

A trio of brewers from Grantham. They are, from left - Sara Barton, Kathy Britton and Christine March.

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A TRIO of Grantham brewers have scooped awards at this year’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Awards.

The news is a big success story for the town, and also for Brewsters Brewing Company, Oldershaw Brewery and Newby Wyke Brewery who beat competition from all over the region to walk away with awards.

Sara Barton, Kathy Britton and Christine March met with the Journal at the Tollemache pub in town, which stocks beers from all three.

Christine, 64, of Newby Wyke Brewery, said: “It’s nice for three brewers to win, and especially because the SIBA awards are quite special.”

Brewsters’ Sara added: “Yes, we’re judged by fellow brewers and those with a knowledge of the industry.”

Kathy, 43, from Oldershaw, said she hoped pub-goers in Grantham would continue to buy the breweries’ beers.

She said: “I hope people will keep on supporting their local brewers, and keep drinking our award-winning beers.”

Brewsters won the bronze award in the premium bitters category for its Rutterkin, and bronze in the bottled gold beers category with its Pale Ale.

Sara, 46, said: “We’ve entered into the competition ever since we started in 1998 so we’ve got a record of winning over the years and we’re really pleased to keep it going.”

Oldershaw scored two bronze awards for its strong bitter Blonde Volupta and bottled speciality beer Regal Blonde.

Kathy said: “We took over the brewery last July, my husband Tim and I, but it’s been going for 15 years. It’s our first win but the brewery has won many awards over the years as well.

“It was very exciting to be at the awards and great to be part of such a prestigious event.”

Newby Wyke came away with a silver in the premium beers category for its HMS Dreadnaught beer.

Christine said she was “thrilled” the Dreadnaught won because it is her favourite beer.

She added: “It was absolutely fantastic to win. For the last two years we haven’t entered the competition because of moving premises and we decided to go back into it. It was nice to win something.”

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