36 breweries and 247 beers all brewed in Scotland have progressed to the finals in the national competition for Scottish beer.

The Scottish Beer Awards, sponsored by Aldi, is now in its 8th year and is the largest competition of its kind, drawing on the expert views of a large judging panel as sensory and business experts. 

6 breweries have been selected as finalists in the ultimate award of the night, Scottish Brewery of the Year.  These are 71 Brewing, Bellfield, Cold Town, Fierce Beer, Loch Lomond and Williams Bros Brewing.

In the Small Brewery of the Year category, Barney’s Beer, Brewtoon, Campervan, Five Kingdoms and Moonwake Beer Co have been selected following the judging process.  

Chair of the judging panel, Hilary Jones commented;

“Now in its 8th year, the Scottish Beer Awards once again showcases an exciting selection of the best beers brewed in Scotland. Through the rigorous blind tasting process, the expert judges have scored the majority of the beers entered extremely highly. The entries submitted in the business categories were also particularly strong this year.

To make it as a finalist in this prestigious competition is an achievement in itself. On behalf of the entire judging panel, I congratulate the many and diverse breweries who have taken part this year, and we look forward to celebrating the successes of the vibrant beer industry in Scotland, at our awards dinner in September.”

The awards are supported with sponsorship from Aldi which has a long history of promoting and selling Scottish made beer.   Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director for ALDI Scotland, commented;

“We are honoured to continue as the headline sponsor of the Scottish Beer Awards for an eighth consecutive year.  We are thrilled to see so many Scottish brewers participate in the competition with their exciting and innovative brews. Scottish breweries and their beautifully crafted products are a corner stone of our business, and we are so proud to showcase a wide range in our stores.

At Aldi, we are delighted to play a role in the expansion and success of the Scottish brewing industry which is still thriving. We send our best wishes for success to each and every finalist in this year's competition.”

In this year’s competition, 309 Scottish beers were blind tasted at an all-day judging event which took place under strict competition conditions.  Beers were marked on a range of measures including appearance, aroma and most importantly, taste.

All medal winners will be announced at an awards celebration on Thursday 14th September 2023. This year’s ticket only event will be hosted by Des Clarke and feature beer bars and high-quality street food stalls.  Tickets include all beer and food available on the night and can be bought HERE.

The Scottish Beer Awards support The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland via fundraising on the night and also in the donation of surplus competition stock which is now with The Ben and available for auction.

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Full List of Finalists


Business Categories:

Scottish Brewery of the Year, Sponsored by Aldi

Williams Bros Brewing

Fierce Beer

71 Brewing


Loch Lomond

Cold Town


Scottish Small Brewery of the Year, Sponsored by Stainless Steel Vessels

Moonwake Beer Co.


Barney's Beer

Five Kingdoms




Product Development Team of the Year, Sponsored by Kegstar

Barney's Beer

Bellfield Brewery

Cold Town Beer

Fierce Beer


Stewart Brewing

Williams Bros Brewing Co


Best Beer Destination, Sponsored by Close Brothers

Bellfield Brewery

Belhaven Brewery

Keller Taproom & Brewery

Cold Town House

Fierce Beer

Moonwake Beer Co.

Shilling Brewing Company

six°north - The Marine Hotel

Stewart Brewing

The Raven

Winton Brewery


Excellence in Marketing, Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

Cold Town Beer

Fierce Beer

Jump Ship Brewing

Moonwake Beer Co.


Taste Categories:

Best Lager, Sponsored by Thompson Hunter

Bellfield Brewery - Craft Lager

Bellfield Brewery - Radical Shift IPL

Bellfield Brewery - Vienna Secession Lager

Brew Toon – FreshMex Lime Lager

Brew Toon - Torr Lager

Brew Toon – Weekend Hooker

Cairngorm Brewery Company - Saaziness

Closet Brewing Project - Mieter*innen

Cold Town Beer - Cold Town Lager

Cromarty Brewing Co - Lager

Durty Brewing - Angry Sheep

Moonwake Beer Co. - Lager

six°north - 10th Anniversary Marzen

St.Andrews Brewpub Company - Lager

Stewart Brewing - Stewart's Lager

Tennent Caledonian Breweries - Tennents Gluten Free Lager

Tennent Caledonian Breweries - Tennents Lager

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Caesar Augustus

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Craft Lager

Windswept Brewing Co - Lighthouse

Winton Brewery - Taps Aff


Best Pilsner

71 Brewing - 71 Lager

Barney's Beer - Stone's Throw

Bellfield Brewery - Bohemian Pilsner

Bellfield Brewery - Three Rivers Pils

Brew Toon - Pineapple Pils

Campervan Brewery - Leith Pils

Five Kingdoms Brewery - Renton

Loch Lomond Brewery - Helles Glen

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Chillax

Williams Bros Brewing Co - El Perro Negro

Windswept Brewing Co - Halo


Best Pale Ale

71 Brewing - Cloud Fall

71 Brewing - Hula Hula

Bellfield Brewery - Wild Shore Saison

Cairngorm Brewery Company - Loch Ness Hoppyness

Campervan Brewery - Northern Switch (Blackjack Brewery Collab)

Cromarty Brewing Co - Kowabunga

Cross Borders Brewing Company - XPA

Five Kingdoms Brewery - Gatsby

Harviestoun Brewery - The Ridge

Loch Lomond Brewery - Southern Summit

Moonwake Beer Co. - Pale Ale

Moonwake Beer Co. - Solero Pale

Moonwake Beer Co. - XPA

six°north - Picaro

St.Andrews Brewpub Company - Pale Ale

Stewart Brewing - Holyrood

Stewart Brewing - Ka Pai

Stewart Brewing - Masterplan

Winton Brewery - Barryswally

Winton Brewery - Peelywally


Best Low or No Alcohol Beer (up to 2.8%)

Barney's Beer - Faux: Lime

Brew Toon - Misty Lemon Radler

Brew Toon - St Clement's Radler

Fierce Beer - Cerveza 0.5

Fierce Beer - Ocean Drive

Jump Ship Brewing - Stoker's Stout

Jump Ship Brewing - Red Admiral Rye IPA

Jump Ship Brewing - Shore Leave Chuckleberry Sour

Tennent Caledonian Breweries - Tennents Zero

Twisted Ankle Brewing Company - Game Changer

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Alien Form

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Joker AF


Best IPA

71 Brewing – Flight Path

Bellfield Brewery – Mega City IPA

Brew Toon – Loose Cannon

Cross Borders Brewing Company – IPA

Fierce Beer – Hop Property

Fierce Beer – Late Shift

Five Kingdoms Brewery – Captain Morrisons IPA

Loch Lomond Brewery – Bravehop

six°north – 10th Anniversary Hazy IPA

Stewart Brewing – Icy Trees of Green

Stewart Brewing – New Relic

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Juice Tygrr

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Tin Man

Windswept Brewing Co – Tornado


Best Session Beer

71 Brewing – Hop Rockin Beats

71 Brewing - Light Wave

Bellfield Brewery - Wild Shore Saison

Brew Toon - MAYDAY!

Campervan Brewery - Leith Juice

Cromarty Brewing Co – Whiteout

Cullach Brewing – Tayside IPA

Fierce Beer – Citrus Punch

Fierce Beer - Fierce IPA

Fierce Beer - Fierce X Brewgooder : White IPA

Five Kingdoms Brewery - Summerisle Session

Loch Lomond Brewery – Lost in Mosaic

Loch Lomond Brewery - Zoom Time

Moonwake Beer Co. – Kölsch

Moonwake Beer Co. – Pale Ale

Moonwake Beer Co. - Weissbier

Moonwake Beer Co. - XPA

six°north - 10th Anniversary Wheat Beer

six°north – Omnium

six°north – Wanderlust

St.Andrews Brewpub Company – Session IPA

Stewart Brewing - Citra Blonde

Stewart Brewing - Dawn Rising

Stewart Brewing – Session IPA

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Birds & Bees

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Che Guava

Windswept Brewing Co - Weizen


Best British Style Ale 

71 Brewing – Heavy Lifting

71 Brewing – Scotch Pie

Belhaven Brewery – Belhaven Scottish Ale

Fierce Beer – Dark Mild

Fierce Beer – Scottish Export

Five Kingdoms Brewery – Prentice

Harviestoun Brewery – Bitter and Twisted

Loch Lomond Brewery – Bonnie and Blonde

St.Andrews Brewpub Company – Tom Morris Scotch Ale

Stewart Brewing – 80/-

Stewart Brewing – Edinburgh Gold

Stewart Brewing – St Giles

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Fraoch

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Joker IPA


Best Amber or Dark Ale

Bellfield Brewery – Daft Days Porter

Bellfield Brewery – Old Town Altbier

Brew Toon – The J’Ale

Cairngorm Brewery Company – Wildcat

Cullach Brewing – Reverb

Fierce Beer – Scottish Export

Five Kingdoms Brewery – McGregors Mild

Stewart Brewing – 80/-

Windswept Brewing Co – Wolf

Winton Brewery – Och Aye


Best Porter or Stout

Cairngorm Brewery Company – Darkness

Fierce Beer – Café Racer

Fierce Beer – Moose Mousse

Fierce Beer – Tiramisu Stout

Harviestoun Brewery – Old Engine Oil

Loch Lomond Brewery – Silkie Stout

Moonwake Beer Co. – Dry-Hopped Stout

Moonwake Beer Co. – Milk Stout

Stewart Brewing – Cherry on Top

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Chokka Blokka

Williams Bros Brewing Co – March of the Penguins

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Midnight Sun


Best Strong Beer (above 6.5%)

71 Brewing  - Subtlety In Art

71 Brewing - It's all gone Pete Tonka

71 Brewing - Outer Galactic

Belhaven Brewery - Belhaven Wee Heavy

Bellfield Brewery - Totally Wired Stout

Brew Toon - Caked in Stout

Brookfield Drinks - Kestrel Super Premium Lager

Cullach Brewing - Dubh

Fierce Beer - Berry Big Moose

Fierce Beer - Very Big Chomp

Five Kingdoms Brewery - Dark Storm

Loch Lomond Brewery - Lost monster

Orkney Brewery - Skull Splitter

six°north - 10th Anniversary Honey Tripel

six°north - 10th Anniversary Imperial Stout

Stewart Brewing - Clara Rosa

Stewart Brewing - Cocoa-Nut

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Alba


Best Sour Beer

71 Brewing  - Strawberry Crush

71 Brewing - Blackcurrant Apple Crumble

Barney's Beer - Post Mortem #3: Gooseberry

Barney's Beer - Rhvbarb

Brew Toon - Cherry Crush

Brew Toon - Glorious M'ango Basterds

Brew Toon - Imperial Limoncello

Campervan Brewery - Mimosa

Closet Brewing Project - More Berries Than Sense

Cold Town Beer - Raspberry Miami Weisse

Fierce Beer - Blood Of Nidhoggr

Fierce Beer - Cherry Cola Sour

Loch Lomond Brewery - Crack in the Clouds

six°north - Framboise

Stewart Brewing - Gooseberry and Elderflower Sour; Kettle Sour

Up Front Brewing - DAS IST TECHNO SEX

Windswept Brewing Co - Summit Sour

Winton Brewery - Oh Ya Can't (make a cherry sour this guid)


Best Fruit Forward Beer

71 Brewing – Peach Halo

Brew Toon – M’ango Pulp Fiction

Brew Toon – M’ango Unchained

Cold Town Beer – Pornstar Martini Ale

Fierce Beer – Fierce Berry

Fierce Beer – Fierce Rhubarb

Fierce Beer – Tropical Thunder

Fierce Beer -Cerveza

Stewart Brewing – Cocoa-Nut

Stewart Brewing – Island Getaway

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Otis

Williams Bros Brewing Co – Roisin


Best Barrel Aged Beer

Barney’s Beer – Post Mortem #6: Bourbon

Fierce Beer – 2023 Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Edition

Fierce Beer – BA Imperial Café Racer

Fierce Beer – Very Big Moose: 2022 Edition

Five Kingdoms Brewery – Heart of Darkness

Five Kingdoms Brewery – The Rum Diary

Harviestoun Brewery – Ola Dubh 12 year old

Harviestoun Brewery – Ola Dubh 16 year old

Harviestoun Brewery – Ola Dubh 18 year old

Loch Lomond Brewery – Long Road Home

six°north – 10th Anniversary BA Quad

Stewart Brewing – Bonnie Belgian

Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Tennents Whisky Oak

Up Front Brewing – Call Of The Wild


Best Juicy or Hazy Beer

71 Brewing - Haze Halo

71 Brewing - Luminous Nights

71 Brewing - Rollin' Coaster

Brew Toon - Juicy Belter

Closet Brewing Project - Lost In The Sauce

Cold Town Beer - Cold Town New England IPA

Cross Borders Brewing Company - Braw

Durty Brewing - Edge of the World

Fierce Beer - Fierce Hazy

Fierce Beer - Passion For Haze

Fierce Beer - Weegie Juice

Loch Lomond Brewery - Only Happy when it Rains

Moonwake Beer Co. - Breakfast IPA

Moonwake Beer Co. - Solero Pale

Moonwake Beer Co. - XPA

Stewart Brewing - Clara Rosa

Stewart Brewing - Skeleton Blues

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Juicy Joker

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Six States

Windswept Brewing Co - Coastal Haze


Best Double or Triple IPA

71 Brewing - Fuzz Buster

71 Brewing - Juice Joos

Brew Toon - Very Loose Cannon

Fierce Beer - Hop Property

Five Kingdoms Brewery - The Great Escape

Williams Bros Brewing Co -Double Joker IPA


Best Speciality

71 Brewing - Aztec Camera

71 Brewing - Life in motion

Brew Toon - Out of the Woods

Cairngorm Brewery Company - Loch Ness Speciality Pale Ale

Fierce Beer - Bananas Foster

Fierce Beer - Morning Coffee

Fierce Beer - Vanilla Doughnut

Five Kingdoms Brewery - Goddam Jimmie

Loch Lomond Brewery - Painting Shaddows

six°north - 10th Anniversary Saison

six°north - HopClassic

Stewart Brewing - Cocoa-Nut

Stewart Brewing - First World Problems

Stewart Brewing - Thiol Be Back

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Ginger

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Grapefruit Ginger

Williams Bros Brewing Co - Orange Ginger

Windswept Brewing Co - Indian Summer