LUDLOW Brewery has scooped its second national award.

Its popular Blonde beer picked up bronze in the Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales category at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards.

Ludlow Brewery took its beer to Liverpool in March to compete against other beers from across the country at BeerX UK 2018. The two-day event is the UK’s biggest independent craft brewing trade show.

Blonde earned its place at the national finals by winning a gold award in the Wales and West regional SIBA competition, held at Ludlow Castle in May last year.

One of the craft brewery’s lower strength ales (four per cent), Blonde has a crisp refreshing flavour with a citrussy aroma.

“We are very proud of our range of beers and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to compete against quality beers from independent breweries across the country,” said Gary Walters, owner of Ludlow Brewery.

“With hundreds of beers entered into SIBA’s regional beer competitions, winning an award and progressing to the national finals is a mark of a quality beer. We are thrilled to have brought home a bronze award from the finals - the whole team at Ludlow Brewery are very proud of this achievement!”

The 20-barrel plant’s brewers are Chris Davies, and Joe Jacks, 24, who have worked at Ludlow Brewery for seven years and nine years, respectively.

The brewery also recently hired a third brewer, Cody Palin, 21, a recent graduate from Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh.

Ludlow Brewery has increased production by 5% producing 3,200 litres per brew, brewing five times a week.

The brewery’s biggest selling beer Gold was awarded a national award – also bronze - in the Golden Ale category of the Champion Beer of Britain 2017 awards, at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA’s) Great British Beer Festival in London. SIBA Independent Beer Awards are run across SIBA’s eight geographical regions.