Lenzie man Gareth Young is in good cheer after his home-brewed beer was named the best in Britain in a national competition.
Judges chose Gareth’s 5.6 per cent Belgian-style Saison as the winner after a record number of entries to the National Homebrewing Awards.
The former Lenzie Academy pupil won £5,000 and the chance to bring his beer to the commercial market with Dark Star Brewing Co.
Gareth (29) who graduated in philosophy at Glasgow University the same week as his big win said: “I can hardly believe it.
“The quality of beer being made by home brewers in the UK right now is fantastic so I’m delighted my beer was chosen as the winner.
“I have already been irresponsible with the money and have bought some nice home brewing equipment.
“I have been making my own beer for about 10 years now and really excited to brew at Dark Star, which has been a favourite brewery of mine for a long time.”
His creation has a “pale amber colour, with a slight haze and a white head”.
Gareth described the flavour as having “the aroma of apricot, pineapple, orange sherbet and Parma Violets with a light, spritzy carbonation and a dry, gentle finish.”
Craft Beer Co. MD, Martin Hayes, said: “The inspiration behind these awards was two-fold.
“The first was to recognise excellent home brewers and to maybe help one of them take the next step to brewing commercially.
“I was blown away by the standard of entries to the competition, as were the judges who included our very own Tom Cadden and leading beer writer, Pete Brown.”
Another judge was Magic Rock brewery boss Richard Burhouse.
He said: ‘‘There was a lot of creativity on show and only a small percentage were poorly executed.
“The best of the beers were genuinely great beers that I’d have been happy if we’d have produced. On this evidence, the UK home-brewing scene is in really good health.”