Local craft micro-brewery, Springhead, took home the silver medal at SIBA’s Midlands Independent Beer Awards, Cask Standard Bitters and Pale Ales category this week, for their triple-hopped citrussy American Pale Ale, Outlawed. The prestigious industry awards took place at Nottingham Rugby Club in West Bridgford, Nottingham, with nearly 350 cask and bottled beers from across the region judged by a panel of brewers, industry experts and beer journalists.
“Judges had a tough job separating the pack as the standard was extremely high once again. The winners from the SIBA competition are officially the best independent craft beers in the East region, something brewers should be extremely proud of.” Buster Grant, SIBA Chairman.
The award win for Springhead follows on from a gold award for their porter Drop O’ The Black Stuff in the 2016 awards, and another silver award in 2015. In addition to this, Springhead is also celebrating being nominated for a North Notts Business Award, in the Best Artisan Business category this week, with voting now open to the public via their website: www.northnottsbusinessawards.weebly.com/public-voting-awards.html
Helen Teasdale, Managing Director of Springhead Brewery, said of their recent success “For a small business like ourselves, receiving a mayor industry award such as this can mean a huge amount. We’ve got a great team and we’re extremely proud of the beers we produce, so we’re very happy to see our beers being celebrated and gaining critical acclaim at this level. A big thanks to the organisers and the judges!”
Springhead is a family-owned and run craft microbrewery, based in Laneham, near Retford, in North Nottinghamshire. They began life in Sutton-on-Trent as the smallest brewery in England in 1990, gaining a place in the Guinness Book of Records, with a brew length of just 2.5 brewers barrels (about 10 casks for a day’s work), but successful recipes soon led to national prizes and an increase in sales. As a result of this, the brewery moved to larger premises, where it expanded to a 50 brewer’s barrels plant, making it now one of the largest microbreweries in Nottinghamshire.
The brewery currently produce a range of approximately 20 craft beers, utilising traditional as well as cutting-edge modern techniques to showcase the extensive variety of flavours that can be produced from the finest quality ingredients sourced from their local area, and across the globe.
These beers are available in bottles and casks across the country and internationally, as well as their more recent launch of a keg range of beers, which have been gaining popularity within the craft beer arena over the past few years. The move into kegging beers has also enabled a whole host of different venues to serve their beers, who might previously have been unable to due to cellar or equipment restrictions. Springhead have also recently launched their flagship IPA, Roaring Meg, in craft cans, which are to be available through a variety of retailers including regional Co-ops from this month.
Springhead has launched a pop-up Chrismas shop in their brewery tap, Meg’s Bar, where local drinkers can drop in to sample Christmas seasonal special beers and stock up on bottles, cans, 17 and 35 pint boxes of beer (great for parties!), and even 9 gallon casks to enjoy at home for the more ambitious beer connoisseur! The Christmas shop will be open from 9am-4pm until Friday 22nd December, or customers can call them on 01777 229 020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make their order for collection either from the brewery or their central Nottingham pick up point.