Flavourly collaboration beer Electric Café wins Best Pilsner!
The national awards programme for Scottish brewing has revealed the names of the best beers brewed in Scotland this year as part of its annual competition.
The 5th annual Scottish Beer Awards, has released its list of winning beers following a wide ranging competition which involved 35 breweries and 314 beers, all made in Scotland, which were blind tasted by an expert judging panel of over 30 expert tasters.
The results reveal a tantalising list of 19 of the highest rated beers in Scotland, judged purely on appearance, flavour and taste according to leading industry experts.
The ultimate award of the competition, Scottish Brewery of the Year, went to Loch Lomond Brewery, after a year in which they trebled production with a new brewery, managed a detailed rebranding and built relationship with UK and online suppliers. In addition, they won the Excellence in Branding competition and Silver Medal in the Amplified Beer category for Lost Monster, their stunning Imperial Stout.
One of Flavourly’s exclusive collaboration beers with Loch Lomond – Electric Café, a gorgeous 4.0% ABV Pilsner style lager – also scooped a Gold Medal in the Pilsner category, seeing off some fierce competition from some of the country’s top breweries.
Hilary Jones, chair of the judging panel, commented:
“Like most businesses, especially those involved with the hospitality sector, it has been a deeply difficult year for breweries. The great news is that despite multiple obstacles thrown their way in 2020, many Scottish breweries, more than just survived – they adapted and innovated. They have shown resilience, looked after their staff, and continued to produce high quality product despite a rapidly changing business market.
“The Scottish Beer Awards has shown us once again the strength, skills and great people at the heart of our brewing sector and we are delighted to reward the best of them with deserved recognition and medals in advance of the all-important Christmas sales period.”
Over 200 people tuned in live to watch the digital broadcast of the awards winners in a special show broadcast from Glasgow, presented by Des Clarke. The event included live interviews with winners in breweries across the country and guests were able to network via specially designed chat functions.
The event concluded a challenging year for the competition when the business panel had to assess written entries and make decisions as a panel via Zoom. In the taste competition, judges were invited to taste in pairs in series of live socially distanced sessions which were compliant with the COVID guidance for hospitality.
Electric Café Beer Profile
A definitive take on the Pilsner style, powered by Noble Saaz hops. The nose is lightly floral while the malts lend a subtle sweetness to its flavour. This is all rounded off with the dry, crisp and unbelievably refreshing finish you want from a lager