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Great British Beer Festival 2011

Added: Monday, August 1st 2011

A traditional dark mild with a Cockney rhyming slang name has won the title of Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in London. Oscar Wilde Mild (3.7%), brewed by Mighty Oak, won the title in a final round of judging where it saw off bitters, golden ales and old ales. The beer is brewed in Mauldon, Essex, where it was founded by John Boyce, who previously worked for the giant Ind Coope brewery in Romford. The beer is brewed with Maris Otter pale malt, crystal and chocolate malts and hopped with the Challenger variety. Right: Roger presents the trophy for Champion beer to John Boyce of Might Oak. Picture © Hazel Dunlop

The category winners in the competition were:

Mild Bronze: Coastal Merry Maidens Silver: Rudgate Ruby Mild Gold: Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde

Bitter Joint bronze: Potton Shannon IPA; Triple fff Alton's Pride Silver: Teignworthy Reel Ale Gold: Salopian Shropshire Gold

Best Bitter Joint bronze: Blythe Staffie; Bollington Best Bitter; Castle Rock Preservation Silver: Country Life Golden Pig Gold: Houston Peter's Well

Golden Ale Bronze: Holden's Golden Glow Silver: Salamander Golden Salamander Gold: Cumbrian Legendary Ales Loweswater Gold

Strong Bitter Bronze: Adnams Broadside Silver: Kinver Half Centurion Gold: Moles Mole Catcher

Speciality Beer Bronze: Orkney Atlas Wayfarer Silver: Amber Chocolate Orange Stout Gold: Oakleaf I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter

Champion Winter Beer of Britain (judged in January) Porter: Dow Bridge Praetorian Porter Stout:Hop Back Entire Stout Barley Wine and Strong Mild: Marble Chocolate

Real Ale in a Bottle Joint Silver: Brown Cow, Captain Oates Dark Oat Mild; Worthington's White Shield Gold: St Austell Proper Job

Champion Beer of Britain Bronze: Salopian Shropshire Gold Silver: Marble Chocolate Gold: Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde