The spice is right as Batemans strikes gold

Black Pepper Ale.
Black Pepper Ale.

Wainfleet’s family-run brewery Batemans has struck gold at an annual competition celebrating the world’s best beers.

The company has received ‘gold’ status for its Black Pepper Ale in the 2014 World Beer Awards.

The drink was also named one of Europe’s Best Herb and Spice beers in the Flavoured Beer category.

Winners in the World Beer Awards are announced in September, following a series of regional-style heats held in Asia, Europe and the Americas. - all featuring blind judging.

Beers must be generally available and for sale in bottles or cans.

Black Pepper Ale from Batemans was praised by judges for its ‘subtle and interesting’ flavour, ‘gentle, tea-like bitterness’, ‘well-balanced finish’ and the spicy sensation it creates on the palate.

This latest accolade comes after Black Pepper Ale received awards at the International Beer Challenge 2014 and the Beer Bottlers Institute competition.

The ale was created by Batemans after one of its team members suggested incorporating black pepper into a beer.

The bottle comes with a small sachet of ground black peppercorns attached to the neck within an instruction sleeve.

The peppercorns are then swirled into the beer and sprinkled on top.

Stuart Bateman, managing director of Batemans Brewery, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that our Black Pepper Ale has received gold, we were previously awarded silver for our Mocha beer and it’s been a target of mine to strike 

“Black Pepper Ale is possibly the best speciality beer we’ve ever produced and I’ve been blown away by its success.

“It clearly demonstrates the value of listening to staff and encouraging them to make suggestions about your product,” he said.