Devon’s Powderkeg Brewery is celebrating a three-star Great Taste Award for its flagship beer, Speak Easy session pale ale.

The award complements other recent national success, including the UK’s best premium lager award from SIBA for the brewery’s hoppy pilsner, Cut Loose. The World Beer Award for the UK’s best low-alcohol pale ale was awarded to the brewery’s Green Light.

The Great Taste Awards judges said of Speak Easy: “Wow! Tropical nose, fruity and zesty on the palate. Grapefruit, pine, and citrus, with a soft bright straw yellow presentation. Orange pith and citrus rind. Fresh.” They added: “The light golden colour and marvellous clarity beckon you on, as does the gentle grapefruit nose, which is nicely in control.”

Powderkeg Beer co-founder, Jess Magill, said: “The PK philosophy has always been to carve our own path. We have always been confident in our ability to make interesting and original beer, and, as such, we have never felt the need to jump on bandwagons or be the next big thing.

“These awards are a great recognition that our unique session style makes not only for great drinking here in Devon, but also stands out as exceptional on the national stage.”

The Powderkeg Brewery team. Left to right: Dan Paulson, Jack Rennie, Jphn Magill, Jess Magill

Powderkeg’s range of packaged products has seen a significant uplift in sales since the beginning of 2020. Consumers have been taking advantage of the brewery’s online delivery service during the pandemic, ordering the award-winning brews direct to their doorsteps. The entire range benefits from being gluten free and the majority are suitable for vegans.

Co-founder and head brewer, Jophn Magill, said: “The support from our community this year has been amazing! It has kept us going through some challenging times, and we really want to say a massive thank you to everyone for drinking the beer and supporting us.

“It is incredibly heartwarming to feel that everyone is standing with us. The awards give us great professional satisfaction, but on a personal level it’s absolutely amazing to see so many people enjoying what we do.”

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