Great beers brewed on the Isle of Wight

Bob Simpson

Island beer lovers have much to celebrate, and a choice of excellent beers to toast the success of two Island breweries after they brought home a batch of awards, following international and national competitions.

Goddard’s Brewery will have to make room in their crowded awards cabinet to display three new Silver medals from the International London Beer Competition for Planet Lager, Duck’s Folly, and South Island Pale Ale. They will also need a corner to display the Bronze medal for their delicious Benedictine-style Quarr Abbey Ale.

Goddard’s general manager, Bob Simpson, said: “The London International Awards are one of the most prestigious worldwide competitions, and where we get to showcase our brands alongside other breweries from around the world.

“To enter four beers and receive four medals for the second year running is a great achievement. Not only does it demonstrate our consistent production quality, but it also clearly shows that we can compete in a global market place. Praise must go to our brewing and bottling teams, who work together to produce these fantastic products.”

Wight Knuckle Brewery, only set up during the 2021 lockdown, is also celebrating another feather in its cap from the SIBA Independent Beer Awards.

After winning a south-east region Gold Award, the brewery’s Pale Ale has now secured Silver at national level. Showcasing the finest offerings from independent breweries, the accolade is particularly impressive as father and sons team, George, Fergus and Edward Bristow, had no prior commercial brewing experience.

George said: “This is truly overwhelming. For us to win a regional award was more than we could have imagined, and to follow that up with recognition at a national level is a truly incredible experience. This really puts Isle of Wight produce and Island brewing on the map.”