A Romsey brewery has taken home a gold award at a national beer awards.

Flack Manor Brewery's, Greatbridge Road, Romsey Gold Cask Ale won the title in the Cask Speciality Light Beers Category at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

The SIBA National Independent Beer Awards judges a wide range of beers across a number of styles in separate cask, keg and bottle and can competitions.

The awards are judged mostly by brewers, industry experts and beer journalists.

Flack Manor's website describes Romsey Gold as a "crisp and refreshing pale golden ale with a soft mouthfeel, balanced by UK grown Cascade hops and the summer aromas and flavours of First Gold hops".

Managing director of Flack Manor Brewery, Nigel Welsh, said: "It was a long way to go to Tonbridge to receive the award, but all worthwhile. Winning the regional award was great and we will be going through to the national awards in March next year."

SIBA chairman, Ian Fozard, said: "Judges had a tough job separating the pack as the standard was extremely high once again. The winners from the SIBA competition are officially the best independent craft beers in the UK, something brewers should be extremely proud of."

Head brewer at Flack Manor Brewery, Terry Baker, said: "This event is so very important for independent brewers like Flack Manor brewery because it’s a way, albeit tough and highly competitive, to gain national recognition.

"Winning SIBA Gold for our cask beer Romsey Gold shows appreciation of the heart and soul that we put into the traditional double drop method of brewing, without compromise and without succumbing to fads and fashions."

He added: "We’re proud to bring this accolade back to our home town of Romsey."

The award ceremony took took place on July 5 and Flack Manor Brewery first opened in December 2010.

To find out more about SIBA’s Independent Beer Awards visit www.siba.co.uk/awards/ or the brewery www.flackmanor.co.uk.