ILKLEY Brewery is celebrating double success in recent awards.

The brewery's lager, Slake, has picked up the Best Premium Packaged Lager in the UK award from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), and their alcohol-free milk stout, Nowt Mary, scooped the Gold medal in the World Alcohol-Free Drinks Awards as the best dark alc-free beer in the world.

Ilkley Brewery entered the market with Slake, named for the Yorkshire slang “to satisfy or quench one’s thirst” back in 2019, initially on draught only. Packaged into bottles for that long hot lockdown summer, it is now stocked in Booths stores as well as independent shops up and down the country, and is a best-seller on the brewery web shop and also via Amazon.

The brewery entered the alcohol-free market in 2019 with Virgin Mary, subsequently renamed Maiden Mary, rubbing shoulders with pioneering specialist alcohol-free brewers such as Nirvana, Lucky Siant and Big Drop as the low and no sector started to bloom. Big Drop’s Galactic Milk Stout broke the mould and showed that brewers could expand away from lagers and pale ales, and in 2022 Ilkley Brewery launched their first dark alcohol-free beer – Nowt Mary (as opposed to Stout Mary, the five per cent version). Many people now enjoy a regular subscription of Nowt Mary via the brewery’s website, but it is also stocked in bars, restaurants and shops around the UK as well as at Booths stores and online via specialist low and no retailer Dry Drinker.

Ilkley Gazette: Nowt MaryNowt Mary (Image: submitted)

Luke Raven, the brewery’s co-owner, said: "It’s always nice to receive recognition, but to be awarded as the UK’s Best Lager and the World’s Best AF Dark Beer, by such esteemed judges as SIBA and WAFA is truly overwhelming. I’m so incredibly proud of the team here, who have put in so much work developing the recipes, fine-tuning and perfecting their craft, and then getting it out there into the hands of thirsty drinkers.”

Set against an increasingly challenging industry backdrop, Ilkley Brewery’s continued and resolute success stands out. 2024 has already seen further expansion with two new fermenters installed ready for new beer development, including no less than three new low and no beers launching in the summer.

The Society of Independent Brewers holds regional competitions followed by a blind tasted national competition with industry expert judges. Visit for more information.

The World Alcohol Free Drinks Awards is the world’s largest alcohol-free drinks competition. Each medal winning entry was tasted up to 12 times by the judges, who awarded a total of 58 Golds, 87 Silvers, and 110 Bronze medals.

Visit You can buy both Slake and Nowt Mary at