December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Two Suffolk tipples have scooped top accolades at the Great British Beer Festival in London today.
Nethergate brewery in Clare struck gold with its Umbel Magna when it won the Speciality Beer award, while Rougham-based Bartram’s Comrade Bill EAIS Stout was declared a Champion Winter Beer of Britain.
After a year of local tasting panels and regional heats leading up to the finals, festival hosts the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), selected Elland 1872 Porter as the ‘Best Beer’ in Britain at the awards event, held at London’s Olympia.
The West Yorkshire brewed real ale was judged the Supreme Champion over a host of other finalists in seven different beer categories (Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters, Golden Ales, Milds, Winter Beers, and the Speciality class), including beers from both small microbrewers and large regional brewers.
CAMRA chairman and chair of the competition Colin Valentine said: “It was a really tough decision but Elland 1872 Porter is a fantastic beer and a well deserved winner. A 6.5% abv, rich and strongly flavoured porter with flavours of coffee and dark chocolate, this result makes it two years in a row that our Champion Winter Beer has gone on to win the Champion Beer of Britain competition.”
Michael Wynnyczuk, Head Brewer at Elland, said: “I’m utterly shocked. It’s a great beer but after we won the Winter Ales competition you wonder about it in the summer GBBF competition, as people may prefer different styles of beer in warmer weather. But we know it’s a great beer and we’re really proud to be crowned Champion Beer of Britain.”
This year’s Silver went to Buntingford (Hertfordshire) Twitchell, whilst the Bronze award went Fyne Ales (Argyll) Jarl.
Other winners were: Mild category- Gold – Great Orme - Welsh Black (Conwy); Silver – Cotswold Spring - Old Sodbury Mild (Gloucestershire); Bronze – Fernandes – Malt Shovel Mild (West Yorkshire).
Bitters category- Gold – Buntingford – Twitchell (Hertfordshire); Silver – Moor – Revival (Somerset); Bronze – Surrey Hills – Ranmore Ale (Surrey) and Buttcombe Bitter (Somerset)
Best Bitters- Gold – Mordue – Workie Ticket (North Shields); Silver – Surrey Hills – Shere Drop (Surrey); Bronze – Purple Moose – Glaslyn (Gwynedd) and Woodfordes – Nelsons Revenge (Norfolk)
Golden Ales- Gold – Fyne Ales – Jarl (Argyll); Silver – Buntingford – Polar Star (Hertfordshire); Bronze – St Austell - Proper Job (Cornwall)
Strong Bitters- Gold – Beeston – On the huh (Norfolk); Silver –Marble – Dobber (Greater Manchester); Bronze – Castle Rock – Screech Owl (Nottingham)
Speciality Beers- Gold – Growler Brewery, Nethergate – Umbel Magna (Suffolk); Silver – Saltaire – Triple Chocolate (West Yorkshire); Bronze – Conwy – Honey Fayre (Conwy)
Champion Winter Beer of Britain (from category winners announced in January 2013)- Elland – 1872 Porter(West Yorkshire); Bartram’s – Comrade Bill Bartram’s EAIS Stout (Suffolk); Kelburn – Dark Moor (Old Ale/Strong Mild) (Glasgow); Hog’s Back – A over T (Barley Wine/Strong Old Ale) (Surrey)
Champion Bottled Beer of Britain winners- Gold – Molson Coor’s – Worthington White Shield (Burton on Trent); Silver – St Austell – Proper Job (Cornwall); Bronze – Harvey’s – Imperial Extra Double Stout (East Sussex)