CHEERS! An ale produced in Tynedale has been named as one of the region’s best after taking top spot at an awards ceremony.

Northern Frontier, a 5.3 per cent IPA, received a gold award at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North East Independent Beer Awards.

The ale received the gold award in the bottle or can of premium pale ales category.

Brewed at Twice Brewed Brew House, the IPA fended off entrants from Berwick to Sheffield at the awards earlier this month.

Judges at the awards, which took place at the Gateshead Beer and Music Festival in May, were made up of fellow brewers and representatives from the wider industry.

Matt Brown, head brewer at Twice Brewed Brew House, was delighted with the news.

He said, “We’re really thrilled to have been given the Gold Award for Northern Frontier in the SIBA Independent Beer Awards.

“As a team, we work extremely hard and use only the finest ingredients to make sure all of our ales are of a high standard.

“To have that recognised by the industry is always a real honour.

“We had a great time at the Gateshead Beer and Music Festival.

“We hope everyone will raise a glass of Northern Frontier in the Twice Brewed Inn to celebrate!”

Other breweries from the district were also recognised at the awards.

Elsdon’s First and Last Brewery received a bronze award in the Cask British Dark beers up to 4.4 per cent category for their Red Rowan beer.

And Hexhamshire Brewery’s Whapweasel came away with a silver award in the cask premium bitters category.

But Twice Brewed was the only brewery from the district to win the top prize in their category.

Northern Frontier is described being deep gold in colour, with a fruity aroma with notes of chamomile.

Twice Brewed desribe the ale is a full flavoured, fruity British IPA, with rounded bitterness and a hint of spice.

The gold award is a step up from last year, when Twice Brewed’s Steel Rig Porter received a silver award.

It’s a significant achievement for the fledgling brewery, which shares a site with the popular Twice Brewed Inn

The Twice Brewed brew house has been producing ales in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall since 2017.

The ales that draw their names from the nearby Hadrian’s Wall, and pay tribute to the location that has been a brewery site for more than 500 years.

Beers including Vindolanda Excavation and Ale Caesar have proved popular with local customers.

It’s not the first time one of the brewery’s beers has been recognised this year.

In April, Twice Brewed’s 5.3 per cent ale, known as Nox, took second place in the porter category at Newcastle Beer Festival’s annual Battle of the Beers competition.