It is certainly a bitter-sweet start for a Lancaster brewery who earned the bronze title in a North West competition.
The Borough Brewery, in Dalton Square, came third in the best bitter competition at the SIBA awards, beating off more than 40 other breweries in the region.
Head brewer Rory Walker is said to be “surprised but proud” to have reached third place ahead of his one year anniversary at the end of the month.
More than 200 breweries took part in different categories at the awards in Bolton, on Wednesday October 15.
Mr Walker said: “The awards are a really big thing. It’s coming up to our first year brewing so it was a real nice accolade for our first year.
“I really wasn’t expecting to get any award so it was good to get one for something.”
Rory, 28, from Lancaster, produces 56,000 pints of beer a year from his own range of ales including, bitter, pale, wintertime dark and summertime dark.
Mr Walker said: “56,000 pints a year from the brewery is something to be proud of especially when you have quiet months in January and February.
“It also means the bitters are being enjoyed by 56,00 people at The Borough.”
It was the four per cent bitter which championed Rory into third position.
The category, blind tasted by 70 judges, featured 47 other breweries from the North West, including Liverpool, Manchester and up to Carlisle.
Rory has been brewing for five years, originally working behind the bar he decided to set up his own brewery at the premises.
He said: “I used to do home brewing, I sat down with the manager and we talked about the idea of my own brewery and it went from there really.
“I have always enjoyed good quality pubs and good quality ale.”
In the basement Rory brews up to 700 pints at a time which can take up to five days to ferment.
Despite the popularity of his ales Rory admits that he never expected to get this far in the industry awards.
Mr Walker said: “I wouldn’t expect to get this in five years let alone now. I have spent the last year in the basement of The Borough so it was really nice to meet new people. Anything I brew I always try and brew to the best of my ability.”