Three Hilden beers have won one star each at the prestigious Great Taste Awards 2015, organised by the Guild of Fine Food. Following on their success in 2014 when Barney’s Brew and Headless Dog received respectively two and one stars, the 2015 Awards celebrated the Lisburn-based brewery’s Hilden Halt, Buck’s Head and Headless Dog.
Described as the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’, the Great Taste Awards reward excellence in quality and taste. 400 judges gathered in blind-tasting teams of four or five at 49 judging days from March to July to expertly assess the best food and drink products of 2015. This year’s winning Hilden beers represent a wide spectrum of flavours to suit every palate: the Headless Dog, a 4.2% pale ale produced with North American cascade hops and Munich malt, the traditional 6.1% Hilden Malt, a red ale with mild hop and medium bitterness, and the big, bold and oh-so hoppy double IPA, 7.2% Buck’s Head.
Reflecting on this ultimate accolade, Seamus Scullion, founder, Hilden Brewery said: “At Hilden Brewery, we put all our passion in maintaining optimal quality when brewing our existing beers, whilst developing new recipes to meet our customers’ evolving tastes.
“We are delighted that three of our beers have been rewarded at the Great Taste Awards 2015. As a 34 year-old local business and the oldest independent brewery on the island of Ireland, we are very proud to once again put Northern Ireland on the Guild of Fine Foods’ map for beer excellence.”
Visitors to the Hilden Beer and Music Festival will have the opportunity to taste the winning beers and many more on 28, 29 and 30 August whilst enjoying an outstanding line up of bands, including 2015 British Blues Awards finalist Kaz Hawkins and rising star Luke Sital-Singh.