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Sheffield CAMRA 40th Steel Beer Festival

Our micro-breweries picked up a couple of awards at the Steel City beer festival at Kelham Island:   GOLD award in BITTER category: Fernandes Brewery – Half Nelson GOLD award in BEST BITTER category: Rat Brewery – Ratweiller   Half Nelson also won SILVER and Ratweiller bronze in the OVERALL BEER of the FESTIVAL competition. Our congratulations to all the brewers involved.  

Huddersfield Oktoberfest Triumphs

We’re really chuffed our beers picked up a number of awards at the Hudderfield Camra Oktoberfest. The awards were voted for by the public out of 100+ beers: GOLD award in BITTER category: Riverhead Brewery – American IPA GOLD award in STOUT/PORTER category: Rat Brewery – Ratsputin (Russian Imperial Stout) GOLD award in SPECIALITY BEER category: Riverhead Brewery – Marzden (Bavarian Smoked Wheat Beer) BRONZE award in SPECIALITY BEER category: Fernandes – Czech Mate (German style Pilsner) The Rat Brewery 'Ratsputin' was matured in and served from a.. Read more

Cask Matters launch New Website

Cask Matters is a great new website, hosted by Cask-Marque, providing all sorts of information on cask beer. The site provide news, resources and insight for licensees, brewers and cask ale drinkers. We particularly recommend the sections on daily and weekly checklists for your cask cellar and tips on holding a beer festival. You can search throughout the site by subject or source, so whether it’s the latest Beer Report from SIBA or the full range of beer training courses available for bar staff, you’ll find it on Cask Matters!  Find a link to the Cask Matters on ou.. Read more

Great British Pub Awards

Having won the regional heat of the Great British Pub Awards our pub the Rat & Ratchet went through to the National Final in the Best Cask Beer Pub category. Rat & Ratchet Manager Richard Prest had entered the pub into the competition and went to London to attend the finals at The Park Lane Hilton. Richard and partner Lisa Dunbar were ecstatic to collect the overall award for Best Cask Beer Pub in the UK. A well deserved award for the Rat, for Richard and his team and also for Huddersfield - a contender for best cask beer town in Britain?

SIBA Success

The annual Society of Independent Brewers awards for the North East region were held at the York Beer Festival in September. Over 300 beers were judged by 70+ judges in a number of categories. We were chuffed to walk away with 3 awards from the 5 beers we entered: Silver King won Bronze in the Best Bitter category. King Rat won Bronze in the Strong Bitter category. Yorkshire Blonde Premium won Silver in the Golden Bottled Beer category. ​

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