Staffordshire’s Lymestone Brewery is celebrating after scooping its first ever national award.
The Stone brewery won a bronze medal for its Cherry Stone beer at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) national awards.
The brewery – which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – has won a clutch of regional awards for its beer over the last decade, and last year was named Staffordshire Brewery of the Year at the Taste of Staffordshire Awards. But this is the first time it’s been recognised on the national stage.
Judged by brewers and industry experts and organised by SIBA at their flagship BeerX event in Liverpool on 14 and 15 March, the awards covered a huge range of beer style categories. Lymestone won the bronze medal in the speciality light bottled beer category for Cherry Stone after it landed gold at last year’s SIBA Midlands awards.
Head brewer Ian Bradford said: “We’re absolutely delighted. Cherry Stone was incredibly popular when we introduced it as a seasonal beer a couple of years ago, so it quickly became one of our permanent cask ales and part of our bottled range. To get recognition for it at the SIBA national awards is fantastic. And to get our first national award in our 10th anniversary year is extra special.”
Lymestone was founded in 2008 by Ian and Viv Bradford. The brewery – based at Mount Road, Stone – employs six people at the brewery and also has three pubs: The Lymestone Vaults in Newcastle; The Borehole, a stone’s throw away from the brewery in Stone; and The Quiet Woman in Leek, which was opened by Lymestone last year. A real family business, Ian and Viv’s daughter Sarah is a brewer at Lymestone, and son Harry manages the brewery’s pubs.
There is more information about the brewery and its range of award-winning ales at www.lymestonebrewery.co.uk