Revenge best served gold

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The Driftwood Spars Brewery in St Agnes described itself as “over the moon” to win a Gold Award at the Society of Independent Brewer’s annual awards for the south west region.

Alfie’s Revenge was the judges’ choice in the competitive Strong Beer category.

Mike Mason, who joined as head brewer in 2020, said: “Here at the brewery and across the road at The Driftwood Spars, Alfie’s has always been a firm favourite. I was keenly aware from the beginning that Alfie’s Revenge would be the barometer for my success at the brewery, so this award has that little bit more meaning for me.”

Louise Treseder, brewery owner and landlady, said: “Alfie’s was a pet-project of our founding brewer, Pete Martin. Of all the unique beers he made he was most proud of Alfie’s, which won Champion Winter Beer of Britain in 2012.

“It’s wonderful to see it still winning awards today, and I’m grateful to Pete’s successor Mike for staying faithful to the original recipe and continuing to brew this beer with so much care and attention.”

Alfie’s Revenge will now go on to compete in the same category at the national competition next year. The SIBA National Independent Beer Awards 2022 will be held at BeerX in Liverpool next March.