SIBA Award Winner to go national

Sam Thakker-Jones the homebrew winner

UK’s best homebrew beer to hit bars across the UK following competition to brew on a commercial scale

A hazy pale named the best homebrew in the UK is set to hit the bar in a select number of venues across the UK after winning beer awards run by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Originally brewed by champion homebrewer Sam Thakker-Jones for the SIBA Homebrew Beer Awards, the recipe was upscaled for commercial production at Quantock Brewery in Somerset and will now get a Limited National release. Sam joined Quantock, along with awards organisers SIBA and Yakima Chief Hops, to brew his beer on a commercial scale.

Sam Thakker-Jones, Homebrewer: “It’s been amazing brewing here at Quantock, really in-depth, really friendly, getting closely involved in every part of the process – from milling the grain this morning, to mashing in, adding hops, right through to the end of the brew day. I’ve loved every second of it.”

The competition was open to Homebrew Members of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), a not for profit trade association representing brewers both amateur and [professional across the UK.

Sam Thakker-Jones the homebrew winner

The hazy pale ale “Push the Button” was named as a tongue-in-cheek jibe at the differences between homebrewing and commercial brewing, where the much larger scale means some elements have to be automated. The brew makes use of an experimental new American hop ‘HBC 586’, making the finished beer “hugely aromatic and hoppy with aromas and flavours of tropical and stone fruit, backed up with citrus notes and a soft mouthfeel”.

As well as being available in Quantock’s taproom and specially selected venues across the UK, including Sam’s home town of Bath, a limited amount of the beer will also go into cans and be available via the Quantock webshop.

Quantock Brewer Daniel Enticott was on hand to ensure a smooth brew day, “The recipe itself is really interesting as it’s pretty much the same process as we use here for our hoppy pale ales, so transitioning the recipe from a homebrew batch up to a commercial kit has actually been pretty easy. We’re going to be selling the kegs through wholesalers nationally so there’s no limit as to where it might end up, and will also be putting the beer into can as well so it will available on our website and of course in the taproom too.”

The beer will be available at select venues across the UK and direct via Quantock




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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