WEST, the Glasgow Green based independent brewery, has won three gold medals from the DLG, the prestigious Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Society).
This is the first time that any lager brewed in the UK has received a medal from the DLG, which awards bronze, silver or the much-coveted gold medal depending on the quality of the produce – and WEST has achieved triple gold medal status at its first attempt.
WEST, which brews the only lagers and wheat beers in the UK to meet the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 (the German Purity Law; the oldest food law in the world which ensures only the finest, purest beer is deemed fit for consumption), won gold for its WEST St. Mungo lager, it’s homage to Glasgow’s patron saint and fellow brewer St Mungo, a second gold for its Hefeweizen, a wheat beer which rivals the great wheat beers in Europe, and a third gold for its Dunkel, its speciality dark lager, which the DLG assessor described as ‘simply outstanding’.
WEST MD Petra Wetzel said, “As a German brewery based in Glasgow, I am particularly proud that WEST is the first brewery in the UK to be recognised by such a respected organisation as the DLG. We have always known that we produce beer of the best quality at WEST, but such recognition has surpassed all our expectations and is a great credit to the talents and efforts of our head brewer, Matt Doswell and his assistant brewer Adam Mincher.”
Founded in 1885, the DLG has over 20,000 members and is a leading organisation in the agricultural and food sectors with a mandate to promote technical and scientific progress. The DLG leads quality assessment in Europe and is accredited in accordance with international norms.
The ‘DLG Award Winner’ label is issued only to foods and drinks that have been found worthy in sensory testing and that satisfy the DLG’s stringent quality criteria, which include careful selection of raw materials as well as optimal processing and preparation.
WEST operates a full production brewery and is home to a stylish beer hall and restaurant with a beer garden overlooking Glasgow Green. WEST brewery, bar & restaurant is open seven days a week, 11am till 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 11am to midnight Friday and Saturday. Brewery tours are available by arrangement.
For further information please contact Petra Wetzel on tel 0141 550 0135
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Date March 6th 2009