Already a favourite with beer lovers across Gloucestershire, Cheltenham’s DEYA Brewing Company has won first place at its first ever competition.
DEYA walked away with Overall Champion Gold, alongside Bewdley Brewery, at the prestigious SIBA Wales & West Independent Beer Awards 2022.
According to the judges, the win makes DEYA’s flagship Steady Rolling Man pale ale officially the best independent craft beer in a can or bottle in the Wales and west region.
Theo Freyne, founder and owner of DEYA Brewing Company, said: ‘We have never really entered awards before. This was pretty much the first time. We were really happy to come away with a win.
‘As a winner, we now go through to the national finals – so we are keeping our fingers crossed.’
DEYA not only brews its beers on-site at its Lansdown Industrial Estate base, where it will host the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards on Wednesday 29 June 2022, it also has an impressive tap room which has become so popular, it has just opened a second bar opposite.
Buster Grant, SIBA’s national competitions committee chairman, said: ‘I could not think of a better representation of the wonderful breadth of traditional and modern beer styles we can now enjoy in the UK than to give the overall winners awards to a very traditional British bitter (Bewdley Brewery) and a modern, hop-forward American-style Pale Ale (DEYA).
‘Huge congratulations to both Bewdley and DEYA who each faced incredibly tough competition in the Cask and Bottle & Can Awards this year.’