Utopian Brewing is celebrating four medals in the country categories at the World Beer Awards, with golds for Premium British Lager, British Keller Pilsner, and Doppelbock Strong Lager. There was silver for Ten Degrees Czechia session lager.
Three of Utopian’s four awar winners. Photograph: Beer Today
Utopian Brewing, based in Devon, is quickly establishing itself as a brand driving innovation into its brewing processes. Its use of young British hops with interesting flavours hasn’t gone unnoticed, but more importantly, it’s the ability to take influence from the Bavarian and Czech brewing styles, while only using 100% British grown ingredients.
The four award-winning lagers are a typical example of how these classical techniques have been so successful for the brand. Utopian Brewing’s three country winners now go through to the world’s best category for their respective styles, competing with the other country winners from across the globe.
Managing director, Richard Archer, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this recent news. Everyone knows what a challenging and competitive industry this is, with so many high-quality brewers out there, so for us to be recognised four times is an amazing result.
“We have an incredibly hard-working team, especially our head brewer, Jeremy Swainson, who continues to work tirelessly on developing the most stunning beers.
“We’re also pleased to be in the running three times for a world’s best category. Any recognition on the world stage would be incredible and a truly outstanding achievement for our little brewery.”
Utopian is dedicated to brewing high-quality, environmentally sustainable lagers. The brand was founded four years ago in 10,000 square feet of former farm buildings in picturesque mid-Devon and interprets classic styles of brewing
using only 100% British grown ingredients.
All of Utopian’s lagers are naturally brewed using only the highest quality ingredients, with no additives. All the lagers are cold conditioned for a minimum of 28 days, and many for much longer.
With strong sustainability credentials and a long-term ambition to become carbon neutral, the brewhouse is lit by movement-sensing LED lighting. A large heat exchanger recovers 80% of the heat from the previous brew for the next, and Devon’s soft water means there is no need to treat the water used in the brewing process. The brewery uses only FSC cardboard in its packaging and avoids single-use plastic.