QUANTOCK Brewery was the big winner at the Best Beer in the UK Awards.

The Bishops Lydeard operation scooped the Overall Champion Cask Beer with its 5.1% ABV Titanium, described as a "West Coast style American IPA with citrus, pine and tropical fruit notes".

A delighted James Higgins accepted the cask award alongside the rest of the Quantock team at BeerX UK.

He said: "It’s a phenomenal achievement. We’ve picked up a few awards with this beer but this is the big one and it means so much.

"Titanium uses Ekuanot and Citra hops and we think it's tasting better than ever, but we’re absolutely speechless to win against the calibre of beers in the competition."

Judged by brewers and industry experts and organised by the Society of Independent Brewers at the flagship BeerX UK event in Liverpool, the awards run across a huge range of beer style categories in cask, craft keg, bottle and can.

The SIBA Independent Beer Awards at BeerX UK are the trade association’s national finals and in order to earn a place at the competition brewers must first win at their regional competition – making these overall champions, the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to British independent craft beer.