Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Anarchy Team Rewarded after Creating Chaos

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Anarchy Team Rewarded after Creating Chaos

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Byline: Brewing with Richard Fletcher

NORTH East brewery Anarchy Brew Co has been rewarded for creating chaos with an award at the World Beer Awards this week.

From a 50-litre test kit to potential world domination, it's been quite a ride for Sublime Chaos - Anarchy's popular stout, which has now been declared the United Kingdom's Best Stout.

Beating competition from across the country, Sublime Chaos is now up against beers from across the world to vie for the title of world's best beer. It's the second award for the beer, which has already built up a good reputation in its North East homeland.

"It's credit to what we're doing and that we're working as a good team," says Simon Miles, who runs the Morpeth-based brewery with wife Dawn and a team of eight. "It's not just about one person. It's given everyone a nice boost to know what we're doing is being noticed by the industry, so it's a sense of achievement."

After organisers approached breweries to submit their chosen beers, Simon and Dawn sent off 24 bottles of Sublime Chaos, which went through two judging rounds to take the title. And when Simon got a call inviting him to take part in the final judging of the style categories he didn't realise it was because of his beer's success.

"They invited me two or three weeks ago to be part of the guest judging and now I know why! I just thought it was a random selection so I was sat doing final judging and I didn't know we were a category winner!" The winning beers in each category are now up against their equivalents from across the world.

The guest judges have chosen one beer from 17 in each of eight categories - such as pales, stouts and porters, speciality, sours - which will now be judged against each other for the crown.

And while Simon doesn't know if Sublime Chaos made it through the stouts section, he was at least able to get a flavour of the competition after being a judge for the pale beers - a process more straightforward than expected thanks to the international group of judges largely agreeing on their favourite. …

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