Worsthorne Brewery’s cheers for beer winner

Mick Whittaker

Mick Whittaker

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A Burnley beer has tickled the tastebuds of judges by being named Premium Bitter of the North-West.

Worsthorne Brewery’s Old Trout bitter won the prestigious award at a competition organised by industry specialists SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers).

Brewery founder Mick Whittaker said he was delighted with the award which follows soon after the bitter was named Best Beer in Competition at the recent Burnley Beer Awards.

He said: “To win a SIBA award is a real shot in the arm for us. We’ve only been operating since 2011 and the Old Trout was the third beer we produced.

“It is particularly pleasing because the beers are judged by experts from around the country on a blind taste test.

“Old Trout is a well-balanced, strong reddish brown bitter that obviously appeals to a wide range of people.”

Worsthorne Brewery, based in Briercliffe, can now use the award on clips for the bitter in pubs around the area. It will go on to compete in the national awards in London next year.