Romney Marsh Brewery – Beer of the Year Winner

Romney Marsh Brewery has won the Beer of the Year award at Produced in Kent’s Taste of Kent awards, based on public votes.

The awards dinner was held recently at the Kent Event Centre in Detling.

“We’re a small family-run brewery and we’ve been going for two years. In fact, our second birthday is next month,” said Cathy Koester, co-owner of Romney Marsh Brewery. “My husband Matt Calais is the brewer-in-chief and he is assisted in all matters by his father Brian. I handle sales, customer accounts and business development. Our shared family goal is to brew accessible ales for beer lovers and beer newcomers everywhere. The core hop used in all our ales is the whole flower East Kent Goldings variety. We are also big fans of New World hops, particularly whole flower varieties from the USA. By combining the indigenous and the remote, we believe we have successfully created a distinctive range of ales,” added Cathy.

“We couldn’t believe it when we won the award two years running. It was a huge shock and a huge honour. By winning a second time (for our Amber beer), we hope it’s a reflection of the effort and care we put into making our beer. Matt’s mum died very recently; and she had been such an important part of the family business. She would have been so proud. The award seems like a tribute to her memory.”

Produced in Kent has been organising The Taste of Kent Awards since 2004 showcasing the best of Kent’s food and drinks products.

Read our Romney Marsh Brewery Success Story.