AN ALVA brewery has been awarded the top global accolade for one of its products, brewed by an all-female team.

Amy Cockburn and Lisa Matthews, from Harviestoun Brewery, won the gold award in the Classic Pilsner category at the World Beer Awards for their Schiehallion lager.

The iconic lager was chosen for the accolade at the awards show, the only Scottish winner in that class.

Harviestoun’s master brewer Amy said: “We’re over the moon to have won this top gold award for Schiehallion.

“The success and global reputation of this very special craft lager is owed to the unrelenting passion and craftmanship of everyone in the Harviestoun brewing team.

“When you name your beer after a mountain like Schiehallion, your beer better be breath-taking too.

“Ours has an elegant head, fresh crispness and a lingering grapefruit finish, which is all thanks to a lot of uphill work from our entire brewing team.

“As a pioneering producer and modern craft classic, we’ve been brewing since the early 1980s and have been crafting beer long before it became a popular trend, but we’re continuing to innovate and develop our product range.”

Schiehallion will now battle it out with the rest of the country winners to determine the world’s best beer in each category.

The locally-produced lager is now shortlisted in the finals of the World Beer Awards on August 24 and is in with a chance to be crowned the planet’s best craft lager.

Harviestoun celebrated its 40th birthday earlier this year and boasts a formidable all-female brew team in its roster.