A KEIGHLEY brewery is toasting success in a coveted awards scheme.

Timothy Taylor was among the winners in the International Brewing and Cider Awards – labelled the 'Oscars' of the industry.

The family-owned firm took a gold medal and trophy in the International Dark Beer category, for its Poulter's Porter.

Beers and ciders from across the world did battle for honours in the awards, held at the National Brewery Centre in Burton upon Trent.

More than 20 countries were represented, including the USA, Australia, China and Japan, as well as the UK.

In total, 126 medals and 12 trophies were handed out across various categories.

Taylor's said it was delighted that its Poulter's Porter – a 4.8 per cent ABV brew described as "rich, dark and warming" – had received recognition.

Scott Cameron, senior brand marketing manager, said: "It’s absolutely phenomenal that our Poulter’s Porter has been named champion dark beer against some incredible international competition.

"The fact that these awards are judged by professional brewers makes the win extra special. And with our porter currently also being available in cask for the festive season, as well as bottles, it couldn’t have come at a better time for people to try it."

Heading-up the judging panel for the beers was Rob McCaig, who paid tribute to all the entrants.

He said: "For three days we saw and tasted some of the very best beers from around the world, crowning winners from all corners of the globe.

"Despite what has been probably the most challenging period in recent memory for the brewing industry, producers have presented some exceptional beers, ales and lagers.

"It made the job of our judging panel extremely difficult."

And there was praise for Taylor's from the awards director, Ruth Evans.

"It’s been an honour to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary beers and ciders that both brewers and cider-makers have worked so hard to produce during what has been such a difficult 18 months for the industry," she said.

"I’d like to personally thank all the judges as well as those who entered their products and made this year’s awards scheme one to remember.

"And I would like to congratulate Timothy Taylor's on its achievements at the awards – we were thrilled to be able to provide it with the recognition it so truly deserves."

The awards date back to 1888 and all the judges are practising brewers.