A North Wales brewery is celebrating after scooping a top title at the Great Taste Awards.
Welsh food and drink producers, beat last year’s award tally by amassing more than 100 three, two and one star gold awards in the competition which is organised by the Guild of Fine Food Retailers.
The winning companies received their awards at the Great Taste Awards ceremony, which was held at the Royal Garden Hotel as part of the Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia in London.
Porthmadog based Purple Moose Brewery Ltd received the Best Welsh Speciality award, which is sponsored by the Welsh Government.
The brewery, which also won a three star gold award, took the title with its Dark Side of the Moose 4.6% ABV dark ale.
“We are really proud to receive this award,” said Lawrence Washington, Purple Moose’s managing director and brewer.
It has been an award-winning year for Dark Side of the Moose, with accolades in the International Beer Challenge as well as in the ‘brewing Oscars’ - the Brewing Industry International Awards.
Said Mr Washington, “I designed Dark Side of the Moose to my own taste and it is my ideal beer, so I’m really pleased other people seem to think it is equally good.”
Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries said, “I am delighted at the number of awards so deservedly made to Welsh food and drink producers. I congratulate Purple Moose Brewery too, and the company’s award will undoubtedly help increase the profile of Welsh beer in the UK and beyond.”
More than 20 Welsh food and drink producers took part in the Speciality & Fine Food Fair under the auspices of the Welsh Government’s Wales the True Taste brand, and the stand received nearly 900 enquiries from trade visitors at the event.