Scottish craft brewer Stewart Brewing is celebrating a national accolade after its popular beer Jack Back earned a gold award at the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards. Jack Back won the keg standard bitters and pale ales category.

Stewart Jack BackJo Stewart, co-founder of Stewart Brewing, said: “It’s amazing to win this award and we are extremely proud. The competition was so fierce, with loads of great beers from well-respected brewers. It’s a massive result for our whole team and our customers who continue to support us. It was also great to see many other Scottish brewers do so well in the competition too.

“Jack Back pours pale straw in colour with strong citrus and tropical fruit aromas and a touch of blueberry. The taste is light, crisp and refreshing, with a smooth hoppy finish.”

SIBA managing director, Mike Benner,said “It is fantastic to see such high quality beers across a range of formats in this year’s biggest ever beer competition. With hundreds of entries across cask, keg, bottle and can, this really was the cream of the crop in terms of independent craft beers from the UK.

“It’s also clear fantastic tasting beer is being produced by our members across the length of Britain, but that Scotland brewers have proved to be a particular hit with judges in 2017.”

Jack Back (3.7% ABV) is available in the Stewart Brewing brewery shop in Loanhead and the new Stewart’s Dockside Tap shop in Leith, as well as in select Edinburgh pubs and bars including Deacon Brodies, The Haymarket and The Mitre.