Highland breweries take home top prizes at Scotland Independent Beer Awards

Two popular Highland breweries have taken home the two top spots at the coveted SIBA Scotland Independent Beer Awards 2019.

Published 18th Oct 2019
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Windswept Brewing Co and Cairngorm Brewery were celebrating after winning big at the prestigious awards, which are run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

This year's event, which was held at Arran View Brewery in Dreghorn, saw the entrants judged in a blind tasting by brewers and beer experts.

Windswept Brewing Co in Lossiemouth took home the overall Gold in the cask beer competition with Wolf – a dark and strong Scottish ale named after the Wolf of Badennoch, infamous for burning down Elgin cathedral in 1390.

Nigel Tiddy, managing director of Windswept, said: “We’re overjoyed to win this prestigious award for our Wolf beer at the Scottish independent beer awards. It’s great to get this recognition and see our beers doing so well and it’s great for the guys who brew our beer to such a high quality and consistency.

"Being awarded the overall champion shows we are doing the right thing and providing a quality product that people enjoy drinking.”

Cairngorm Brewery based in Aviemore took the competition by storm with seven awards including the overall Gold in the Bottle and Can competition with Black Gold – a stout with a smooth sweetness and a dry finish.

David Dingwall, head of sales at Cairngorm Brewery accepted the award, stated: “We are over the moon to receive this coveted award for Black Gold and see our beers receive seven awards at the SIBA Scotland Independent Beer Awards. At Cairngorm Brewery our fantastic team works hard to produce high quality beers and we are thrilled to see our beers recognised in this way.”

SIBA’s Competitions Chairman Guy Sheppard was on hand to present the awards and had this to say on the quality of entries this year, he said: “All the beers entered into the Scottish independent beer awards this year were of immense quality and there was tough competition for the top awards.

"Congratulations to all our winners and in particular Windswept and Cairngorm who managed to take Gold.”

• All of the winners can be viewed here

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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