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Shepherd Neame has picked up one gold and two silver medals at the Brewing Industry International Awards, dubbed the Brewing Oscars.
Japanese lager Asahi won gold in the keg lager category, and Chinese Sun Lik picked up silver in the same group. Both lagers are brewed under licence at the Faversham brewery. Whitstable Bay Organic Ale also received a silver award in the small pack ale category.
The international awards include small pack (such as bottles or cans), keg and cask beers from around the world. This year there were nearly 800 entries across nine categories, divided into 32 classes according to alcoholic content.
The awards are now in their 125th year and are judged solely by practising brewers from countries including Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Africa, America and the UK. Beers are assessed for taste, appearance and aroma, as well as their commercial worth in today’s market.
Shepherd Neame production and distribution director, Tom Falcon, said: “We are delighted to have been rewarded with three medals in such a prestigious and long-running awards scheme. We brew Asahi and Sun Lik to meet the exacting standards of our international partners, and
it’s fantastic to see our brewers recognised for this. We are pleased to see one of own Kentish ales selected as a winner too.”
The awards were judged at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent and a presentation ceremony will take place at Guildhall, London on 12 April 2011.