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Champion Beer of Scotland

Swannay Brewery’s Orkney IPA

This year’s Champion Beer of Scotland went to Orkney-based Swannay Brewery for their Orkney IPA. It’s the fifth time Swannay Brewery has won the title, after first winning with Dark Munro in 2007, Scapa Special won in 2008, Orkney Blast won in 2010 and Orkney Best won in 2012. Swannay was known as the Highland Brewery for much of that time.

The beer has been made for eight or nine years is and has gone from strength to strength. It’s a good old mix of European hops with a handful of American hops added to provide some zestiness.

This year’s silver award went to Black Isle Brewery’s Hibernator, a 7% ABV barley wine Orkney Brewery’s Red MacGregor, a 4% ABV bitter took third place. All three of the beers will be available to sample at the Scottish Real Ale Festival.

The Champion Beer of Scotland recognises the best beer that can be found specifically in Scotland. It also marks the opening of the Scottish Real Ale Festival, which takes place in Edinburgh at the start of July each year.

Previous Champion Beer of Scotland Winners:

Year Class Winner
2018 Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Swannay Brewery, Orkney IPA
Silver – Black Isle Brewery, Hibernator
Bronze – Orkney Brewery, Red MacGregor
2017 Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Loch Lomond, Silkie Stout
Silver – Cromarty, Rogue Wave
Bronze – Isle of Skye, Young Pretender
2016 Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Tryst, Raj IPA
Silver – Ayr Brewing, Rabbie’s Porter
Bronze – Cairngorm, Black Gold
2015 Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Cairngorm, Black Gold
Silver – Swannay, Scapa Special
Bronze – Cromarty, Red Rocker
2014 Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Kelburn Brewing Company, Dark Moor
Silver – Ayr Brewing Company, Rabbie’s Porter
Bronze – Fyne Ales, Jarl
2013
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Fyne Ales, Jarl
Silver – Cairngorm Black Gold
Bronze – Highland Brewery, Orkney St Magnus Ale
2012
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Highland Brewery, Orkney Best
Silver – Highland Brewery, Orkney IPA
Bronze – Fyne Ales, Maverick
2011
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Isle of Skye, Cuillin Beast
Silver – Cairngorm, Black Gold
Bronze – Houston, Peter’s Well
2010
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Orkney Blast, Highland brewery
Silver – Hibernator Oatmeal Stout, Black Isle brewery
Bronze – Black Gold, Cairngorm brewery
2009
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Raven Ale, Sinclair’s Orkney brewery
Silver – Red MacGregor, Sinclair’s Orkney brewery
Bronze – XPA, Caledonian brewery
2008
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Highland Scapa Special
Silver – Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
Bronze – Highland Orkney Best
2007
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Highland Brewery, Dark Munro
Silver – Fyne Maverick
Bronze – Fyne Piper’s Gold
2006
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Kelburn Cart Blanche
Silver – Cairngorm Black Gold
Bronze – Cairngorm Trade Winds
2005
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Cairngorm Black Gold
Silver – Cairngorm Trade Winds
Bronze – Isle of Skye Black Cullin
2004
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Cairngorm Trade Winds
Silver – Isle of Sky Black Cullin
Bronze – Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
2003
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Orkney Dark Island
Silver – Isle of Skye Black Cullin
Bronze – Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted
2002
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
Silver – Orkney Brewery Dark Island
Bronze – Orkney Red McGregor
2001
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Inverlamond Ossian’s Ale
Silver – Houston St Peter’s Well
Bronze – Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
2000
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Orkney Dark Island
Silver – Houston St Peters Well
Bronze – Harviestoun Brooker’s Bitter & Twisted
1999
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
Silver – Isle of Skye Red Cuillin
Bronze – Caledonian Deuchars IPA
1998
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Caledonian Deuchars IPA
Silver – Caledonian 80/-
Bronze – Isle of Skye Red Cuillin
1997
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Caledonian 80/-
Silver – Belhaven 80/-
Bronze – Caledonian Deuchars IPA
1996
Champion Beer of Scotland
Gold – Caledonian 80/-
Silver – Caledonian Deuchers IPA
Bronze – Broughton Scottish Oat Meal Stout

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