3-person brewery joins the big boys

Sometimes it's best not to be one of the big boys. An ale produced by a small Northern Ireland brewery has been named one of the best 50 beers in the world at the International Beer Challenge 2007.

Brewer Bernard Sloan produced Clotworthy Dobbin Ale at the Whitewater Brewing Co. at Kilkeel, County Down. It now will be in the running for the International Beer Challenge's Supreme Champion award which will be announced in London in October.

Whitewater, a mere 3-person operation, recently earned a gold medal in the UK Guild of Fine Food's Great Taste Awards for its Belfast Ale. Its overall sales have grown by 30% over the past year and the brewery now has the capacity to bottle up to 1,000 bottles an hour.

Whitewater was created by Sloan and his wife, Kerry, in 1997. Said Sloan after winning the award, "We set out to produce an ale that was different, that offered a fresh, crisp taste and we've succeeded by using only the best quality ingredients and traditional brewing techniques."

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