A BREWERY founded by four friends has scooped a top national award for its beer.

Lakes Brew Co won the Overall National Champion of the Bottle/Can Competition at SIBA National Independent Beer Awards with their NE Session IPA.

The eight-month-old brewery in Kendal also won the Regional Gold Awards at the same competition for its DDH Pale and NZ Pilsner in Keg and NE Session IPA received Silver in the keg competition.

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The awards are judged mostly by brewers, industry experts and beer journalists, earning the SIBA Independent Beer Awards the reputation of being the ‘brewers’ choice awards’ by the industry.

Matt Clarke, head brewer and co-founder from Lakes Brew Co, said: “We have only been brewing eight months so to win this prestigious national beer award with NE Session IPA and two golds and a silver for our keg beers is just amazing.

“It feels great to be recognised in this way and I’m glad the judges enjoyed the beer in such a hotly contested category.

“NE Session has got a soft mouthfeel and some great tropical aromas, but we keep the bitterness balanced which just keeps you drinking it.”

After being made redundant at the beginning of lockdown restrictions in March 2020, Matt Clarke, Michelle Gay, Steve Ricketts and Paul Sheldon reunited to launch Lakes Brew Co.

“The winners from the SIBA competition are officially the best independent craft beers in the UK, something brewers should be extremely proud of,” said Roy Allkin, SIBA Chairman of the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards.