There was a great bit of local news this week as Loanhead’s Stewart Brewing picked up a gong in the 2010 World Beer Awards. Hollyrood (5.0%) was named world’s best Blonde/Golden in the Pale Ale category, announced at the end of July by a selection of beer writers chaired by Roger Protz and Jeff Evans (news taking a while to filter through up here). It’s a great reward for Steve, Jo and the team, and is particularly impressive given that Hollyrood has only been bottled for around a year (originally being a tweaked version of their cask Pentland IPA recipe). Hopefully this will spur Stewart Brewing on to more awards in the future. Other Scottish winners were Arran’s Blonde (Europe’s best grain-only wheat beer), Innis & Gunn’s Innis & Gunn Original (Europe’s best speciality Pale Ale) – more good news for Edinburgh, and two awards for Harviestoun; Ola Dubh Special 40 Reserve winning World’s best dark speciality ale, and Old Engine Oil taking Europe’s best porter.