Winners of The Dry Drinker Cheers Awards 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners following the judging of 50 beers* in the Dry Drinker Cheers Awards 2018. Judged by a panel of 8 independent industry experts, in a blind tasting, the Winners by category are:


Winner: Ales and Beers

Bernard Amber

Winner: Lagers


Winner: Pilsners

Rothaus Pils

Winner: Pale Ales

Adnams Ghostship

Winner: Porters and Stouts

Big Drop Chocolate Stout

Winner: Wheat Beers

Mikkeller Drink’in The Sun

Winner: Fruit and Flavoured

Franziskaner Bloodorange

Highly Commended

Beers judged to be highly commended were:

  • Wellbeing Hell Raiser
  • Thornbridge Big Easy
  • Furstenberg Frei
  • Big Drop Citrus Pale Ale
  • Jever Fun Pilsner
  • Krombacher Weizen 0.0%

Overall Champion

Our Overall Champion as declared was Mikkeller Drink’in The Sun

Stuart Elkington, Founder of Dry Drinker said,
“As the company with the widest range of non-alcoholic beers in the UK, we thought it would be fun to ask some industry experts what they thought. Also, to give new customers some ideas of drinks they might like to try to start with.”

The judging panel consisted of:
  • Claire- Beer Sommelier from Everards Brewery
  • John- Director from Nethergate Brewery
  • Harry- Retired Director of Quality Assurance, Molson Coors
  • Chris- former Brewing and Brands Director, Greene King
  • Vicki- Operations Director, Castle Rock Brewery
  • Giles- Commercial Manager, Everards Brewery
  • Paul- Secretary of the Parliamentary Beer Club
  • Colin- Managing Director, Castle Rock Brewery
As one panel member said, “our eyes were opened to a bigger range and better quality of non- alcoholic beers than we expected. It was an impressive line-up with something for everyone”
Dry Drinker will be making the winners available in a Champions Box, so customers can order the winners altogether.
We would like to thank the judges for making this event fun and informative and Castle Rock Brewery for lending the use of their excellent Hop Loft at the Swan in the Rushes in Loughborough.
*all beers judged were 0.5% abv or less
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