Leicestershire beers brewed in a former sheep shed named among best in Europe
The county brewery entered seven beers into the awards – and each one won a medal
One of the award-winning beers
Leicestershire brewery Round Corner Brewing is toasting an impressive seven medals at the 2023 European Beer Challenge – with one beer being awarded a double gold. The brewery, based in a former sheep shed at Melton’s livestock market, was opened in December 2018 by friends Colin Paige and Combie Cryan, and since then, has won a raft of awards.
The brewery entered seven of its beers into the awards, held in London, which it hoped would showcase the wide range of styles and quality the brewery has on offer. And it was testament to what the brewery describes as its “pursuit of perfection” that all seven beers were awarded medals.
The most prestigious medal the brewery claimed was for its already highly awarded Steeplechase Pale Ale. It picked up a double gold in the American Style Pale Ale category, and this award now sits alongside its World’s Best Ale and Gold medal from the 2021 International Brewing Awards.
Alongside this impressive double gold, another four Round Corner Brewing beers claimed gold medals. Drovers Hazy Vermont Session IPA, Gunmetal Black Lager, Hopping Spree West Coast IPA and Mainland New Zealand Pilsner all won the gold medal in their respective categories.
In addition, there was a silver medal awarded to Frisby Lager and a bronze medal awarded to the new 2023 Market Edition beer Saint Cloud Belgian Style Witbier. The European Beer Challenge is judged by Europe’s leading beer buyers, and offers brands and producers the opportunity to showcase their products to key influencers in the beer market.
L-R Round Corner Brewing founders Colin Paige and Combie Cryan
Round Corner Brewing’s head brewer and co-founder, Colin Paige, said : “We’re delighted to win seven medals at this year’s European Beer Challenge. For us this reinforces what we already knew, that we have a phenomenal brewing team who make exceptional beers.
“As soon as the news came in, I let the whole team know how proud of them I am, with this achievement being no small feat. It’s the ultimate validation for us to win at these awards, where we’re up against some incredible breweries from all over Europe.
“For Steeplechase to win a double gold, it backs up the already impressive awards it has to its name, such as Champion Ale at the International Brewing Awards, where we were the first brewery outside of America to win the award in 17 years.
“With each beer being judged blindly, seven medals is a phenomenal haul, with it being all about the quality of the liquid. This is something we should pat ourselves on the back for and celebrate over a beer this evening. It really validates all the hard work the team put in day in, day out.”
Round Corner Brewing’s CEO and co-founder, Combie Cryan, said: “What an incredible achievement by the whole team to win a medal for every beer entered into the European Beer Challenge. Winning any medal at an awards of this caliber is a huge achievement, but to win one double gold, four golds, one silver and one bronze, it’s just exceptional work and really shows that we do believe craft beer is about the relentless pursuit of perfection.