Gold for Castleford brewery Revolutions in regional keg competition

Yorkshire brewery Revolutions Brewing Co has won a gold award at a regional industry event for its Vienna-style lager, Severina.

Revolutions, which is based in Castleford, scooped the accolade at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North Region Keg Beer Competition.

The contest was held at the Canalhouse, in Nottingham, and featured more than 100 beers from SIBA member breweries across northern England and Scotland.

There were eight categories in total which were judged by 30 invited experts in a blind-tasting session.

Severina is described as a classic Viennese brown lager at 5.0 per cent ABV, and was launched by the brewery earlier this year.

It forms part of a range of kegged lager-style beers that also includes Sanctuary, a hoppy pale lager, and a soon-to-be-launched black lager.

Andrew Helm, Revolutions’ director and head brewer, said: “I’m extremely proud, and a little overwhelmed, that one of our beers has been recognised as a champion in such a high-profile competition and against so many illustrious breweries.

“Demand for it has increased greatly since the award and we’re busy brewing more of it keep up with the orders.

“I hope along the way we can change a few perceptions about lager which has a reputation in Britain as being bland, mass-produced fizz.”

Vienna lager was developed by brewer Anton Dreher in Vienna in 1841, and it is generally a reddish-brown or copper-coloured beer with medium body and slight malt sweetness.

Revolutions’ music-inspired beers take inspiration from classic songs, albums and artists with Severina being a nod to the 1987 single by The Mission, who were founded in Leeds in 1985 by Wayne Hussey and Simon Hinkler, both former members of the Sisters of Mercy.

Mark Seaman and Andrew Helm of Revolutions Brewing Co
Mark Seaman and Andrew Helm of Revolutions Brewing Co

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