Robinsons Brewery, based in Stockport, has achieved the coveted Gold mark at the World Beer Awards 2013 for its Ginger Tom ale.
After winning the regional heat held in Europe, Ginger Tom – a richly flavoured dark oak coloured ale with distinctive aromas of peppery spice and sweet ginger – has beaten strong competition from beers across the globe to take the title ‘The World’s Best Herb & Spice Beer 2013’.
Following four rounds of judging, over 600 entries – from more than 30 countries all over the world including the US, Canada, Germany, France and Japan – were blind-tasted by a panel of carefully selected judges under the guidance of respected beer writer and journalist Roger Protz in the annual World Beer Awards.
First held in 2007, this International tasting competition continues to draw worldwide recognition from the beer industry, attracting an extraordinary number of high calibre entries from all over the planet. Organised by http://www.tastingbeers.com, the World Beer Awards is the pre-eminent showcase which tastes, selects, awards and promotes the ‘Best Beers in the World’ to consumers throughout the world.
The award tops off a very busy and successful year for the brewery, now in its 175th year of trade.
Oliver Robinson, Managing Director (Beer Division) of Robinsons Brewery, said: “To think that a speciality ale, brewed by a family brewery from the small market town of Stockport, can beat competition from all over the world is incredible.”
“The brewery has been very busy and it is a great pat on the back for the whole team and something we can all be very proud of,” continued Oliver.
Competing with the best beers in the world, Robinsons’ Ginger Tom – a hybrid of Old Tom (100 year old which gained worldwide recognition in 2009 as ‘The World’s Best beer’) and Fentiman’s award-winning Ginger Beer – is being lapped up internationally by Russia, Denmark, France, Lithuania, Japan, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, America.
Specially brewed using an infusion of Chinese bruised ginger root and botanical extracts, this warming speciality ale has a pronounced ginger and spiced herb palate complemented by a sweet roasted malt dryness and wonderful ginger after-burn.
Brewed since 2008, Ginger Tom is a lively 6.0% abv breed available in bottle. A subtle snap of ginger creates lovely purring warmth for those cold winter nights, or a refreshing summer beverage when served over ice.
The beer has been recognised before; gaining a bronze in the International Beer Challenge 2011, being named as Europe’s Best Herb & Spice Flavoured Beer 2013, and Ginger Tom has also recently received 60 new store listings in Tesco.