A seasonal listing at a selection of Mitchells & Butlers pubs is being offered to the winner of a lager competition being staged by Imbibe Live in association with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

From sessionable elegant helles through to distinctively dry pilsners, lager is a style of beer that is tricky for brewers to master but easy for drinkers to appreciate, say the organisers of the Lager Challenge.

Imbibe SIBA challengeFive finalists will be chosen during round one — at SIBA’s BeerX event, in March — to do battle at Imbibe Live, at Olympia in July, where the audience will decide the ultimate winner. Each finalist also has the chance to share their beers in the popular Hop & Apple Bar during Imbibe Live.

Round one judging will be undertaken by a panel led by Mark Dorber, of The Anchor at Walberswick. He said: “We want to see a broad variety of styles and sub-styles. From the old and the venerable through to the modern. Lagers which show wonderful brewing and a true depth of accomplishment.”

Ben Lockwood, of Mitchells & Butlers, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Imbibe and SIBA and providing the prize for the third year in a row. We value this competition highly and recognise what a valuable opportunity it presents to the UK Brewing Industry.”

Entries must be made online at www.imbibe.com/thelagerchallenge by February 26, and samples can be delivered any time from now until March 2.