Best UK cask beer No doubt about this one - Track Brewing Sonoma. Sam Dyson hasn't put a foot wrong since he started Track in late 2014 but this 3.8% beauty is a triumph. Oozing with tropical fruit goodness and a moreish bitter kick at the end this was, and remains, an instant classic.
Best UK keg beer The lagers from Cloudwater Brewery have been tremendously good, particularly the first in the series which was brewed using only British ingredients. Nailed the style from the off. Very honourable mentions must go to Hawkshead Brewery for two very different beers: Chocolate & Tonka Bean Imperial Porter and at the other end of the spectrum Chuckleberry Sour.
Best UK bottled beer Almost anything from Buxton of course but I'm giving the honours to Cloudwater again and their magnificent DIPA.
Best UK canned beer I haven't drunk much but Moor Hoppiness was terrific.
Best overseas draught Easy this one. Sahtipaja Blueberry & White Chocolate Berliner Weisse. I was lucky to meet the Sahtipaja brewer, Timo Krjukoff, at Carnivale Brettanomyces in Amsterdam. He's a great guy and his beers are outstanding. He also brought along other Berliner Weissen - one with raspberry and cinnamon and the other with bitter orange and botanicals. Absolutely knock-out.
Best overseas bottled beer There have been a lot of good ones this year but it's got to be the 't Ij Bridgeport Barley Wine brewed in collaboration with Marz Brewing of Chicago. It's got some age on it now and is a classic modern barley wine (it's about 10%). Far too easy to drink.
Best overseas canned beer Pass
Best collaboration brew For me it was the Hawkshead / Crooked Stave beer made for the Rainbow Project. Key Lime Tau was the star turn when I went to the launch day at the Magic Rock Tap.
Best overall beer Got to be Sonoma.
Best branding / pump clip / bottle label I think Manchester's Runaway Brewery has a classic and instantly recognisable image.
Best UK brewery For sheer breadth of innovation combined with quality it's hard to beat Buxton at the moment. I've also had a handful of seriously good beers from Gloucester Brewery and the North Riding Brewery. The latter is certainly "one to watch" I think.
Best overseas brewery Sometimes you come across someone who you know is a star in the making so heads up to Tommie Sjef Koenen an amateur Dutch lambic blender whose beers were sensational at Carnivale Brettanomyces.
Best brewery opening In the UK it's hard to say anything but Cloudwater to be honest. Overseas then it's got to be Brouwerij Kees in the Netherlands. When the former Emmelisse head brewer told me he was setting up on his own I knew something special was on the way and so it has proved to be.
Pub / bar of the year The two, rather different, places I've had some of the best times and the best beers this year are Ye Olde Vic in Stockport and the cellar bar/ tasting room at Beermoth in Manchester.
Best new bar / pub opening OK it only opened on 11th December but it's still got to be Manchester's Cafe Beermoth. Further afield the Uiltje Craft Beer Bar in Haarlem is hugely enjoyable.
Beer festival of the year The Gents Bierfestival in Ghent is quietly one of the best festivals in Belgium. Low key, very friendly and always with an inspired beer list. In the UK the Hawkshead events are unmissable of course.
Independent retailer of the year Well I've spent the most money at Beermoth in Manchester so it must be them.
Best beer blog Although there have been recent signs they might be losing their mojo, Team Stonch has been a breath of fresh air this year. A close second must be Matthew Lawrenson's Seeing the Lizards which really takes no prisoners.