Two Cornish breweries scooped a number of awards at an international brewing challenge.

Both St Austell Brewery and Sharp's Brewery took home several awards for their products at the 2021 International Beer Challenge, with Sharp's Brewery awarded six and St Austell Brewery scooping seven.

The International Beer Challenge exists to reward and promote excellent beers from around the globe whilst providing brewers with a platform to promote their beers to trade and consumers.

The challenge receives entries from no fewer than 40 countries into over 80 different categories.

Sharp's Brewery, based in Rock, Cornwall, won a total of six awards across three categories including three silvers within the ale category for Atlantic Pale Ale, Sea Fury and Wolf Rock and bronze for Doom Bar in the same category.

Falmouth Packet: Atlantic Pale AleAtlantic Pale Ale

In addition, Offshore Pilsner won bronze in the lager category and exclusive collaboration with neighbouring Camel Valley Vineyard, Sharp’s Camel Valley Pilsner also won bronze in the speciality beer classification.

Sharp’s head brewer, Aaron McClure said: "What a year is has been for us at Sharp’s in terms of award wins.

"We had a sweep at the World Beer Awards earlier this year with two of our beers being awarded ‘World’s Best’ and now we have another six of our products taking up various accolades at the International Beer Challenge.

Falmouth Packet: Doom BarDoom Bar

"The International Beer Challenge has some of the shrewdest beer judges, the tasting process is rigorous, and the entrants are the absolute best in the world.

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"Here at the brewery in Rock, we are all absolutely delighted to have achieved such immense success on an international level, but we never rest on our laurels, we are only ever as good as our last pint!"

Earlier this year, five of Sharp's Brewery's products earned recognition at the prestigious World Beer Awards.

Falmouth Packet: Sea FurySea Fury

This included Sharp’s special ale, Sea Fury winning the highest accolade of ‘World’s Best Pale Bitter’ as well as Country Winner in the pale ale category.

Sharp’s Offshore Pilsner also came away as a Country Winner in the lager category in what was a remarkable success for the Cornwall brewery.

St Austell Brewery won a gold in the lager category for one of the brewery’s most popular flagship brands, Korev, with Big Job double IPA and Proper Black IPA also awarded gold.

St Austell also won a further four awards with Divine Intervention Abbey Quadrupel and Lansdown West Coast IPA, brewed by Bath Ales which the company acquired in 2016, taking home silver. Belgian inspired brews, Cardinal Syn and Bad Habit, were both awarded bronze.

Falmouth Packet: Korev Korev

Andrew Turner, Managing Director of St Austell Brewery’s Beer & Brands said: "We are delighted to have been awarded seven medals this year, including three golds.

"It’s always an honour to be recognised internationally and is testament to the dedication, passion, and talent of our brewing teams in Cornwall and Bath.

"We are so proud of the great work that they do, which continues to build on our reputation for innovation and quality here in the South West.

"It’s particularly special to have received a gold award for korev, after significantly investing in the brand this year.

"In such a competitive category, with some big international brands, we are very proud that our Cornwall inspired lager was recognised and that we can play a part in putting our home county on the map."