A brewery run by two former Tornado pilots, who are both CAMRA members, has won the top beer award in Scotland.
The owners of Windswept Brewing in Lossiemouth, Al Read and Nigel Tiddy, are celebrating its Weizen, a wheat beer, being crowned the Campaign’s Champion Beer of Scotland.
The beer was judged Scotland’s best at the Ayrshire real ale festival, held in Troon.
Weizen is a faithful version of German wheat beer and at 5.2 per cent alcohol by volume. It is available in cask-conditioned or keg format in pubs and bottled-conditioned in shops.
The beer saw off stiff competition from hundreds of beers from Caithness to Galloway through a series of heats lasting six months.
Windswept’s owner Nigel Tiddy said: “It’s fantastic to receive this recognition from CAMRA. We work really hard to keep up the quality of our beer and it’s an honour to receive such an award.
“Weizen is made with genuine Bavarian yeast which gives the beer a distinct taste of bananas and cloves. It was first brewed for a charity beer festival in Elgin in 2013 and was so popular that I decided to make it part of the brewery’s permanent range.”
CAMRA director for Scotland Sarah Crawford said: “Huge congratulations to Windswept on winning Champion Beer of Scotland for the first time. Weizen is a fine example of a Scottish take on traditional German brewing and I’m looking forward to having a glass of it this evening.”
It’s been a winning year for the brewery as it has also picked up two awards at the Scottish Beer awards.
BEAR, a barrel aged Russian imperial stout won gold in the best barrel-aged category and 1806, attained bronze in the best stout category.
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