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Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Best beer/ale/cider

PUBLISHED: 08:47 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36 27 July 2016

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Best Ale, Beer or Cider Medium Cider by Pearson's Cider, Bourton on the Hill, sponsored by The Midcounties Co-operative

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Best Ale, Beer or Cider Medium Cider by Pearson's Cider, Bourton on the Hill, sponsored by The Midcounties Co-operative

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With so many delicious beers, ales and ciders produced locally in the Cotswolds, the competition was tough. But we’re pleased to announce we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘best beer/ale/cider’ title.

The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.

We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Best beer, ale, cider’ award…

This year’s finalists

Bodicacia, Corinium Ales, Cirencester

Designed as the perfect accompaniment to a light meal, salad or tasty cheese, this fine and zesty beer is British hopped and brewed in honour of our local Cotswold heritage. And that’s why it was one of our well deserved finalists.

Lucy and Colin set up Corinium Ales in 2012 and the past four years have seen the success and popularity of their brand continue to soar. Corinium Ales produce crowd-pleasing and experimental one-off brews and you can find the collection in a series of independent outlets across the Cotswolds.

Judges described Bodicacia as a quality, premium product and commented on the great and informative packing that ties in with the corinium history. They noted a great, crisp tasting product of and undertones of a floral hop.

Dockside Dark, Gloucester Brewery, Gloucester

Ruby red in colour, with a silky smooth and rich taste, Dockside Dark was a serious contender for the best beer award. If you’re a lover of the traditional English ale, you’re will more than likely enjoy a pint of this beer.

Gloucester Brewery has been producing top-notch beer for five years, and they show no signs of slowing down. Their carefully brewed beers are made with the finest hops and ingredients. You can find the collection in their brewery shop, or you can order it online.

Dockside Dark was described by judges as being a stand out dark stout that left a pleasant aftertaste. The packaging struck judges as being very clear and standing out. Overall the product was noted as having a great, rich depth of taste.

And the winner of the ‘Best Cider’ award is…

Medium Cider, Pearson’s Cider, Bourton-on-the-Hill

Lightly sparkling with a fruity aroma, this cider is made from 100% fresh pressed juice, creating the perfect balance between sweetness, acidity and tannins. It is delicious when served alongside a spicy dish, but just as perfect when enjoyed on its own too.

Judges noted the time and attention with regard to Medium Cider that is evident within the packaging and information. The product was described as being fresh and crisp in flavour with a sweet undertone that is perfect for the British summer.

Pearson’s Cider Company was set up by a family passionate about making and drinking great tasting cider – and this reflects magnificently in their products. With no clear plan in mind at the beginning of their journey, the Pearsons have created a successful local business that is producing some of the best tasting ciders in the region. You can buy this award-winning product here.

The ‘Best Beer/Ale/Cider Award’ is sponsored by The Midcounties Co-operative

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