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Wold Top wins world's top taste gong

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted August 14, 2013
wold top wins three stars at great taste 2013
Three-star winner: Wold Top's Wold Gold yesterday. © Wold Top Brewery

Yorkshire microbrewery Wold Top wins three gold stars at prestigious Great Taste 2013 awards.

Wold Top Brewery's Wold Gold blonde beer has become one of only three UK brews to land a Great Taste 2013 three-star award, the ultimate accolade under the auspices of what a company press release describes as "the world's largest and most rigorous food awards scheme" and which "involved over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting".

Furthermore, the Bridlington-based farm brewery's 4.8% continental-style beer was among just 125 products out of almost 10,000 entrants to walk away with top honours, with all three-star products subjected to a further round of judging by a panel that included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, Michelin Star chef Russell Brown and food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets.

"We are so proud to win the coveted three-star rating," says Wold Top's export and accounts manager Kate Balchin, adding that the microbrewery was "probably the smallest of the three breweries" to earn such a rating.

"It's a true reflection on how well our small, close-knit team work together and a real credit to the brewing team," she continues.

"We're looking forward to printing new neck labels for Wold Gold so that we can display our award with pride."

Wold Top, the press release reveals, began producing real ale back in 2003 "out of a need to diversify from farming".

Since its foundation, the brewery's weekly output has risen from 100 gallons (455 litres) with no paid staff to a present figure of 3,125 gallons with a paid staff of 14.

Wold Top's unique selling points, the press release asserts, include the use of home-grown barley and the farm's own source of chalk-filtered water.

In addition to Wold Gold, its range of award-winning brews includes Wold Top Beer, Headland Red, Anglers Reward, Scarborough Fair IPA and the gluten-free Wold Top Against the Grain.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste "is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food and drink".

Established in 1994, it "encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands".

In total, more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product entered.

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