Nottinghamshire brewery Blue Monkey has celebrated its fourth birthday by scooping an unprecedented five gold medals and three silver medals in a major brewing awards hosted by the Nottingham Beer Festival. Included in the medal haul was the coveted title of ‘SIBA Champion Beer of the Midlands’ for their beer ‘Big Blue’.
The massive annual competition is organised by SIBA – the Society of Independent Breweries – and this year consisted of over 420 beers supplied by 68 breweries across the Midlands. The beers were blind-tasted by a panel of 113 judges during the beer festival. Blue Monkey’s beer ‘Big Blue’, a punchy 6.8% IPA was the overall champion cask beer of the competition, and their beer ‘Ape Ale’ won the title of champion bottled beer.
Blue Monkey’s John Hickling said: “I’m really proud of what our team have achieved in winning these awards. No brewery in the history of the competition has ever won so many medals in one go, and this year there was more competition to deal with – to get first and second place overall against 420 beers is a real tribute to the quality of beer that our brewers are putting out.”
Local MP Anna Soubry said “I’m an unashamed fan of Blue Monkey. The brewery which I visited this summer provides jobs in the constituency, Blue Monkey is also reinventing the great British pub and their beers are outstanding. I am a proud consumer of Blue Monkey beers and whilst not surprised they have won gold at the festival am amazed at the number awards they have won”.