A blog describing the delights of drinking British Real Ale. In the 80's when I started drinking the choices were frankly poor, but now with over 750 breweries to choose from, we couldn't be luckier. I've sampled but a few of the thousands of beers, but hope to pass on some valuable knowledge, and look forward to the process too!
Friday, 16 September 2011
GB Beer Festival overall winners
Overall winners Champion Beer of Britain - Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde (3.7% ABV, Maldon, Essex) Second - Marble, Chocolate (5.5% ABV, Manchester, Gtr Manchester) Third - Salopian, Shropshire Gold (3.8%ABV, Shrewsbury, Shropshire) Mild category Gold- Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde (3.7% ABV, Maldon, Essex) Silver- Rudgate, Ruby Mild (4.4% ABV, York, North Yorkshire) Bronze- Coastal, Merry Maidens (4% ABV, Redruth, Cornwall) Bitter category Gold- Salopian, Shropshire Gold (3.8%ABV, Shrewsbury, Shropshire) Silver- Teignworthy, Reel Ale (4% ABV, Newton Abbot, Devon) Joint Bronze- Triple fff, Alton's Pride (3.8% ABV, Alton, Hampshire) Joint Bronze- Potton, Shannon IPA (3.6% ABV, Potton, Bedfordshire) Best Bitter category Gold- Houston, Peter's Well (4.2% ABV, Houston, Renfrewshire) Silver- Country Life, Golden Pig (4.7% ABV, Bideford, Devon) Joint Bronze- Castle Rock, Preservation (4.4% ABV, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) Joint Bronze- Bollington, Best Bitter (4.2% ABV, Bollington, Cheshire) Joint Bronze- Blythe, Staffie (4.4% ABV, Rugeley, Staffordshire) Golden Ale category Gold- Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Loweswater Gold (4.3% ABV, Hawkshead, Cumbria) Silver- Salamander, Golden Salamander (4.5% ABV, Bradford, West Yorkshire) Bronze- Holden's, Golden Glow (4.4% ABV, Dudley, West Midlands) Strong Bitter category Gold- Moles, Mole Catcher (5% ABV, Melksham, Wiltshire) Silver- Kinver, Half Centurion (5% ABV, Kinver, Staffordshire) Bronze- Adnams Broadside (4.7% ABV, Southwold, Suffolk) Speciality Beer category Gold- Oakleaf, I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter (4.9% ABV, Gosport, Hampshire) Silver- Amber, Chocolate Orange Stout (4% ABV, Ripley, Derbyshire) Bronze- Orkney, Atlas Wayfarer (4.4% ABV, Stromness, Orkney) Winter Beer of Britain winner(announced in January 2011) Dow Bridge, Praetorian Porter (5% ABV, Catthorpe, Leicestershire) Holden's, Old Ale (7.2% ABV, Dudley, West Midlands) Hop Back, Entire Stout (4.5% ABV, Downton, Wiltshire) Marble, Chocolate (5.5% ABV, Manchester, Gtr Manchester) Bottled Beer of Britain winners(sponsored by Hotel du Vin) Gold- St Austell, Proper Job (5.5% ABV, St Austell, Cornwall) Joint Silver- Molson Coors, Worthington White Shield (5.6% ABV, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) Joint Silver- Brown Cow, Captain Oates Dark Oat Mild (4.5% ABV, Selby, North Yorkshire)