Three North Devon beers were named among the South West’s best beers.

There was success for some North Devon brewers on Thursday as the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) announced the South West’s best beers.

Judging took place at the SIBA organised Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival in Newton Abbot, with three beers from North Devon winning awards.

North Devon’s highest achievers were Country Life Brewery - their Devonshire 10’DER received the silver award for Speciality Beers.

The 10 per cent volume barley wine beer, is brewed at The Big Sheep in Abbotsham.

Master brewer Simon Lacey said: “I’m over the moon - there are over 250 beers from every single brewery in the South West, and there are some good, quality beers.

“I won gold with 10’Der in 2010 and bronze in 2011, I’ve got the silver now so I’ve done the whole lot. I’m chuffed to bits.”

Hart of Gold by Forge Brewey in Hartland won Bronze in the Best Bitters and Pale Ales category.

There was also a bronze award for Exmoor Ales’ Exmoor Beast in the Premium Strong Beers category.

The overall winner of the competition was Big Job, by St Austell Brewery.