The team at Old School Brewery, Warton, in north Lancashire discovered on Thursday 17th October that the company’s Hopscotch beer had won a highly commended award in the Beer Category in the annual Great British Food Awards.
The annual awards celebrate the country’s finest home-grown ingredients, as well as the hard-working folk who produce and cook with them.
This year’s judges, included The Hairy Bikers, Raymond Blanc, John Torode, Monica Galetti and Michel Roux Jr to name a few, tasted their way through a huge array of products across the 24 categories covering everything from beer, cheese, charcuterie, seafood and cake.
Old School Brewery’s Hopscotch is definitely a beer with a difference… and the judges Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, decided to award this sunshine coloured pale ale with its crisp taste and delicately flavoured citrus fruits a highly commended award recognising its complexity and taste.
Catherine Walsh, from Old School Brewery, commented: ‘’We’ve been brewing our beers since 2012 in our artisan brewery located in part of Warton former Grammar School. As you might expect we are proud of where we live and work, which is why we chose to call the brewery Old School. Each of our beers reflects this heritage and aspects of school life with names like Blackboard, Hopscotch, Headmaster and Textbook. We are hugely proud of the fact that Hopscotch has been recognised with a highly commended award by the TV Chef duo of Dave Myers and Si King. It demonstrates that we are creating excellent products that appeal to a broad audience and stand out on the national stage. Recognition like this is a real achievement for the team and recognises all the hard work they put into the business day in day out.’’