Despite being still in the second year of operation, Lord Chambray, the artisanal brewery in Xewkija, Gozo, has received two bronze medals in the International Beer Challenge 2015, held in the United Kingdom, one for Blue Lagoon and the other for Fungus Rock, a stout launched just five months ago. Blue Lagoon competed in the Wheat Beers section and was among 11 such beers to receive a bronze medal in this year’s IBC; with four receiving a gold medal and eight receiving a silver medal. Fungus Rock, entered in the section Stouts & Porters, was among 21 such beers to receive a bronze medal; with three receiving a gold medal and 11 receiving a silver medal. More than 630 beers from 30 countries entered the 19th annual edition of this competition, which was judged by UK beer experts, including retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts, as well as highly experienced judges from continental Europe, to give a comprehensive spread of tasting experience. Brews were entered from such far-flung places as Cambodia, Brazil, South Africa and Japan. Each was tasted blind by the expert panel, which considered their appearance, aroma, taste and finish, before discussing their findings with other table members and reaching a consensus on which medal to award. The level of knowledge and experience of the judges was striking and, for a beer to achieve any kind of medal from such exacting critics is a real achievement. The judges awarded 48 gold medals, 122 silvers and 210 bronzes in all categories. The chairman of judges for the IBC, Jeff Evans, said: “There has never been a better time to be a beer drinker. This has been a bumper year for the IBC. Not only have the number of beers entered rocketed, so has the standard of the entries. All our medal winners deserve recognition and success.” Samuele D’Imperio, Managing Director of Lord Chambray Ltd, expressed surprise but deep joy and satisfaction that a stout from Gozo, that was only launched last March, has been recognised internationally for its exceptional quality. “Right from the start of this exciting family project, we had great faith in taking a top quality approach to all aspects of the Lord Chambray business. It is a credit to all the members of our team, notably our Master Brewer Andrea Bertola, the significant investment we made in high quality equipment and the continuing sourcing of the best raw materials from around the world.” Blue Lagoon is a Blanche beer, whose recipe dates back 400 years. Blanche beers use a far broader palette of fruity or spicy ingredients than German or English brews. For this special high fermentation brew, with a moderate alcohol content of 4.6%, there are hints of coriander and notes of orange peel for a refreshing, thirst-quenching seasonal beverage. Fungus Rock is a ???. For a full list of outlets in Malta and Gozo where Lord Chambray beers are on sale visit their Facebook page or log on to www.lordchambray.com.mt.