Abbeydale Brewery receive national awardPosted by: Ashley Birch
Cheers to the Abbeydale Brewery team
The Sheffield brewers are over the moon(shine) after flagship beer receives national recognition
Sheffield-based Abbeydale Brewery are celebrating this week, after receiving a bronze medal in the Golden Ales category at the prestigious Champion Beer of Britain Awards for their flagship ale Moonshine – their biggest accolade to date.
Patrick Morton, Co-Owner and Director at Abbeydale Brewery, says: “Moonshine is well and truly right at the heart of what we do as a brewery, and we pride ourselves on the quality and consistency we continue to achieve. To receive this award proves that even after twenty two years there is clearly still very much a place for our beloved core brew”.
Abbeydale fought off competition from around the UK to get the nod for the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain award, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier real ale competitions. The build up to the awards lasts for almost a year, with local tasting panels and regional heats putting forward the best beers across the UK for consideration at the final judging rounds held at the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) - the UK’s largest real ale festival.
They've been brewing Moonshine since 1996, and the 4.3% premium ale quickly established itself as a Sheffield institution. Now equating to around half of Abbeydale Brewery’s output, Moonshine is a staple in many Sheffield pubs and bars and also has regional and national distribution.
Although Moonshine has been the recipient of many awards over the 22 years of Abbeydale’s history, including Champion Beer of Yorkshire 2012 and runner up Champion Beer Of Yorkshire 2017, as well as being nominated as a finalist in last year’s Champion Beer of Britain awards, this is the first time the brewery has received a national award.
In recent years, alongside the traditional cask ales, they have also released numerous innovative beers in both cask and keg under the Brewers Emporium range - a series showcasing new ingredients and further expanding Abbeydale’s outlook on exciting beer styles, including a brand new barrel souring programme.
We’re told the affectionately titled “Funk Dungeon” project is going from strength to strength, and the brewery will be holding a showcase of these beers over the upcoming August Bank Holiday. Early bird tickets are available through Party for the people, priced at £7 (plus booking fee).