A Lancashire brewery is celebrating after winning two awards for its craft beer.

Strata Brewing Company in Rossendale scooped double accolades at the 2020 RateBeer awards.

The fledgling operation took home the Best New Brewery and overall Best Brewery rosettes for Lancashire at the RateBeer.com awards, recognising the overall quality and success of an operation that has been around for just 18 months.

Owned and run by Andy Morrison, 27, Strata Brewing Company was set up in July 2019 and has quickly built a loyal fanbase, with brews such as Vaalbara and Fram.

Mr Morrison has been brewing professionally since 2016 before introducing his trademark expertise, knowledge and flair to Strata.

Despite its newness on the brewing scene, Strata has enjoyed a strong reception.

Mr Morrison said: "The focus of Strata is to produce contemporary ‘hop forward’ cask beers.

"Cask is what first got me into beer and brewing so it has always remained at the heart of what Strata does and has formed a real bedrock of the beers I have produced.

"Strata’s cask beer has proven to be really popular so it’s been great to ride that wave, but I’ve been producing keg beer, too, and it’s been really rewarding and exciting to have the opportunity to experiment with lots of different styles including sours and mixed fermentation, which is something I will be exploring in the near future."

RateBeer.com is a consumer-driven website full of opinions, reviews and ratings, and is seen as a genuine measure of beer quality and popularity.

Mr Morrison said he is grateful for all the support shown to him and Strata, adding: "I am absolutely delighted to receive these awards, both of which are recognition of all the hard work that has gone into producing a quality product.

"It’s so gratifying to know that punters are rating our beer highly and are prepared to offer it such great scores and reviews on RateBeer.com."

Strata operates out of premises owned by Mighty Medicine brewery in Whitworth, Rossendale.

The brewery derives its name from Morrison’s own professional experience and his background in geology and love of the outdoors.

Like many businesses affected by Covid-19, Strata has adjusted its approach during the pandemic.

Customers can place orders via the website, with free home delivery to customers in the Rossendale area.

Visit www.stratabrewing.co.uk to place an order, and follow Strata on social media at @stratabrewco