Hundreds of ales put to the taste test at festival
ALE judges have been sampling beers from around the globe at an international festival being held in Burton.
The International Brewing Awards 2013 started this week at the National Brewery Centre in Burton.
A panel of 40 judges has begun tasting almost 1,000 beers and ciders submitted to the competition – and prizes are expected to be handed out today.
Casks, kegs, bottles and cans of beer and cider have been received from 47 countries around the world and are being stored at the National Brewery Centre for the duration of the competition in temperature-controlled conditions.
A team of stewards is responsible for delivering beers to the judges, who taste them all blind throughout the competition.
The International Brewing Awards are unique in requiring judges, who have been recruited from all over the world, to be currently-practising brewers and cider-makers.
Ruth Evans, of event organiser Brewing Technology Services, said: "When we brought the awards back to the UK in 2011, the National Brewery Centre was the obvious venue to host them and we are delighted to be returning for the 2013 competition."
The judging lasts for three days, with bronze, silver and gold medals announced this afternoon before an anticipated crowd of 100 competitors and others from the brewing world.
After this, the National Brewery Centre becomes the venue for an International Festival of Beer, selling the beers and ciders submitted for the competition to beer enthusiasts from tonight night to Sunday.
The International Brewing Awards is the oldest international beer competition and is held every two years at the National Brewery Centre.