Scotland's best breweries and beers of 2020 have been revealed during a virtual event celebrating the best of Scotland's brewing scene.

The fifth annual Scottish Beer Awards saw comedian and presenter, Des Clarke, announce the winners during a live digital broadcast from Glasgow’s Hilton by Doubletree Hotel.

Celebrating t he very best of Scottish beer across a range of categories including business and taste, the SBA's wide-ranging blind tasting competition saw Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards presented to producers across the country.

Brewery of the Year Loch Lomond Brewing founder Fiona MacEachern.
Brewery of the Year Loch Lomond Brewing founder Fiona MacEachern.

This year, 35 breweries and 314 beers, all made in Scotland, battled it out with Loch Lomond Brewery being named Scottish Brewery of the Year, with judges lauding their incredible growth and recent innovative rebranding.

Co-founder Fiona MacEachern also celebrated success in the Excellence in Branding competition.

The other big winner on the night was Aberdeenshire brewer Fierce Beer who took home four gold medals in the taste awards, while nearby breweries Brewtoon in Peterhead and Six Degrees North in Stonehaven both scored two gold medals each.

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Craig Scotland of Edinburgh's Stewart Brewing was named Brewer of the Year, while Cross Borders Brewing's Portobello Tap in Portobello was chosen as the Best Beer Bar.

The team at Glasgow's ever popular brewing site, bar and restaurant, West Brewery , were also left celebrating after being chosen as the Beer Destination of the Year.      

The Gold medal for Best Lager was won for the first time by Innis & Gunn Lager Beer , its first ever product and now one of the biggest selling Lagers in Scotland.  

A full list of the winners can be viewed here.

Hilary Jones, chair of the judging panel, said that though it had been a "deeply difficult year" for breweries, many Scottish breweries had more than just survived – they had adapted and innovated, she said: "They have shown resilience, looked after their staff, and continued to produce high quality product despite a rapidly changing business market.

“The Scottish Beer Awards has shown us once again the strength, skills and great people at the heart of our brewing sector and we are delighted to reward the best of them with deserved recognition and medals in advance of the all-important Christmas sales period.”

Over 200 people tuned in live to watch the digital broadcast of the awards winners in a special show broadcast from Glasgow, presented by Des Clarke.   

The event included live interviews with winners in breweries across the country and guests were able to network via specially designed chat functions.


Sponsors of the competition, Aldi who in their fifth year as headline sponsor, vowed to continue their support to enable brewers to make the most of medals after a difficult year.

Group buying director Graham Nicolson, added: “The quality and diversity of Scottish beer continues to be applauded and we are delighted to offer our customers a growing range of interesting and popular beers at all our Scottish stores. 

"Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to continuing our hard work together in 2021.”