Elgood’s Brewery Triumphs in World Beer Awards Winning ‘Europe’s Best Sour Beer Lambic’ with its Coolship Ale

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Elgood’s Brewery Triumphs in World Beer Awards Winning ‘Europe’s Best Sour Beer Lambic’ with its Coolship Ale.

Elgood's World Beer Award
Elgood’s World Beer Award

Elgood’s, has won the ‘Europe’s Best Sour Beer Lambic’ at the recent annual World Beer Awards 2015.   Over 1000 beers from more than 30 countries were blind tasted and scored over four rounds of judging.   The final two rounds were held in London, where 50 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted on the World’s Best Beers.

Chairman of the judges, Adrian Tierney-Jones said:

‘Elgoods’ triumph in a category expected to be dominated by Belgian breweries is great news especially as it demonstrates that British family breweries can be as experimental and prepared to take risks and come up with a world class beer.’

Elgood’s  is one of the only regional brewers in the UK who are able to brew a Lambic-style beer, due to owning a unique pair of open cooling trays, known as ‘coolship trays’.  These are needed for the brewing process, allowing the beer to cool naturally overnight, attracting a range of wild yeasts and flavours dominant in the area. The beer then undergoes a spontaneous fermentation over a period of six to nine months.

Elgood’s Coolship Ale was voted for by a hand-picked group of beer experts and writers from Europe, Asia and USA.  For the final two rounds, brewers were also invited to join the tasting panel to help select the ‘World’s Best’.


Claire Simpson, Marketing and New Product Development Director said: “Winning this accolade for our Coolship Ale is fantastic news especially as this Sour beer was also awarded the Silver Medal at the recent International Brewing Awards.  We hope to invest in more tanks next year for our Sour Beer range which includes, Coolship Fruit and Coolship Blonde as the whole range has been so well received.”

Coolship Ale is available in bottle and on draught through selected supermarkets and outlets.