Silver celebrations for Otter Brewery owners

PUBLISHED: 18:30 02 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:26 05 May 2015

Philip Rush from AVS Wines and Beers presents the silver award to Patrick McCaig from Otter Brewery.

Philip Rush from AVS Wines and Beers presents the silver award to Patrick McCaig from Otter Brewery.


A beer which is brewed near Honiton has won silver in the ‘Strong Bitters and Pale Ales’ class of a prestigious beer contest.

Otter Head, which is made by Otter Brewery, in the Blackdown Hills, near Honiton, was entered for judging as part of this year’s Society of Independent Brewers beer festival.

The competition saw 132 judges score 266 cask beers before doors opened on Thursday evening for the public to try them.

The three-day event, which is the South West’s largest beer festival, took place at Tuckers Maltings, in Newton Abbot.

Otter Head claimed silver place after a thorough judging process.

The award was presented by Philip Rush, from AVS Wines and Beers, to Patrick McCaig.

Patrick said: “This is great news for a great beer.

“Otter Head is a year-round favourite with our drinkers and holds a special place in our hearts as brewers. It has a little form having previously won a top prize at the Great Taste Awards, but it is great to see one of our earliest beers still winning over new fans in our 25th year as a regional family brewer.”

Otter Head is the strongest of the five core beers produced by the brewery, all of which are made using natural ingredients and their own spring water.

This year also marks Otter Brewery’s silver anniversary - 25 years in business - after David and Mary Ann McCaig established it in 1990.

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