Heady times as two Grantham breweries strike gold

From left, Kathy Britton of Oldershaw Brewery, Sara Barton of Brewster's Brewery, and Kate Ahrens of the Geese and Fountain.

From left, Kathy Britton of Oldershaw Brewery, Sara Barton of Brewster's Brewery, and Kate Ahrens of the Geese and Fountain.

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Staff at two Grantham-based breweries are celebrating after securing gold for their ales at a prestigious competition.

Oldershaw Brewery, of Heath Lane, Barkston Heath, and Brewster’s Brewery, in Turnpike Road, Grantham, struck gold at the Society of Independent Brewers’ regional competition.

Oldershaw’s American Hopquad IPA took first place in the bottled beer category whilst Brewster’s hit the top spot with Hophead in the cask category. Oldershaw’s also secured a bronze for its Heavenly Blonde in the cask category.

Afterwards, Mike Benner, managing director for the society, said: “Grantham can be really proud of its breweries.

“Both Oldershaw Brewery and Brewster’s have produced many great beers over the years and they are worthy winners in this year’s competition.”

Kathy Britton, managing partner of Oldershaw Brewery, said: “It is so exciting to see all of the team’s hard work recognised.

She added: “Winning awards like this is just so good for the brewery, having outside experts recognise how good our beer is gives us all a boost and of course makes it a little bit easier to sell our beer.

“There is no doubt that having locally produced beer is increasingly important to pubs, and even the supermarkets, and having an independent award for our beer helps us stand out that little bit more.”

Sara Barton, owner of Brewster’s, said: “Winning this, so soon after being named Best Lincolnshire Food Producer 2015 in The Great Food Club is making this a really good year for Brewster’s Brewery.”

Both breweries supply their ales to the newly opened Geese and Fountain pub in Croxton Kerrial.

Pub co-owner Nick Holden said: “In Grantham we have some of the best breweries in the country and that is shown by the awards they are winning.

“There is growing recognition among customers that locally produced beers provide more flavour and are more interesting and creative than the nationally produced beers.

He added: “We are finding that people are travelling to our pub from towns and cities because of our locally produced beers.”