We are big fans of Fridays here at Swannay. Fridays are the best. Sometimes we get bacon rolls, usually the brewery is left all shiny and clean at hometime, every now and again Team Swannay go out for Friday beers.
And Fridays are even better when you find out the brewery has won another three medals at the International Brewing Awards.
We’re delighted to report that our Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout has claimed gold in the International Dark Beer section at the event in Burton-upon-Trent. We must be doing something right because it’s the second time in a row SWO has won gold.
Light Munro and Pale Ale took silver and bronze in their sections of the International Cask Ale competition, too.
We are especially excited about this year’s haul because it means Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout is now up for the Championship Trophy at the Guildhall in London at the end of April. From north to south we go for that one - shall we wear our kilts again?
There were more than a thousand entries at IBA 2017 and the competition is notoriously fierce and the judging very strict, so to come back to Orkney with three medals is a genuine achievement for the small team at the brewery. It makes a long, busy week in our blustery but beautiful islands worth it even more.
We reckon we might raise a sneaky wee glass to toast our success tonight. Only because it’s Friday, of course.
As always, a huge thank you to all the judges at the event, and to all the drinkers of our beer. Shall we put Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout in a bottle do you think?