Local ale crowned the east’s best bitter

The brewing team at Nethergate Brewery
The brewing team at Nethergate Brewery

A Clare brewery has received the accolade of producing the eastern region’s “champion best bitter” in this year’s industry awards.

Nethergate Brewery’s Suffolk County ale beat off competition from across the east of England to take home the coveted title.

On top of its win, it also achieved silver place in the ‘overall beer champion’ category, which attracted more than 150 entries.

The independent brewery, which is based in Clare, began in 1986.

Co-founder Dick Burge said the team of brewers has always tried to make good beers and is proud to be recognised by industry professionals.

“It’s always good to win, but particularly after a challenging transitional period in our business,” said Mr Burge this week.

“It’s a credit to our excellent brewing team that we still make the best bitter in the area.”

A panel of 69 experts from the Society of Independent Brewers had the task of judging the beers in a range of different categories.

This year’s competition was held at the grounds of Elgoods brewery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.