Cornish brewery wins top CAMRA prize
Added: Wednesday, January 18th 2012
The Driftwood Brewery at St Agnes in Cornwall has been crowned Champion Wimter Beer of Britain with Alfie's Revenge, a 6.5% Old Ale. The brewery, attached to the Driftwood Spars hotel at Trevaunance Cove, fought off stiff competition from breweries throughout Britain that entered beers in styles ranging from Porter to Barley Wine.
The Good Beer Guide describes Alfie's Revenge as "a strong and fruity, well-balanced premium ale". Silver in the competition went to Cairngorm Brewery's Black Gold and Bronze was won by the Coniston Brewery with No 9 Barley Wine.
Head Brewer Peter Martin at Driftwood said: "We're thrilled to have won -- it makes a big difference to us and it will put our brewery and brewing in Cornwall in general on the map. As a brewpub we hope the impact on our business will be significant."
Winners of the various categories were:
Old Ales and Strong Milds
Gold: Driftwood Alfie's Revenge, Cornwall
Joint Silver: Nant Mwnci Nell, Llanwurst, Conway; Brunswick Black Sabbath, Derby
Bronze: Beowulf Dark Raven, Brownhills, Staffs
Gold: Hammerpot Bottle Wrecker Porter, Poling, W Sussex
Silver: Blythe Johnson's, Hamstall Ridware, Staffs
Bronze: Sulwath Black Galloway, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
Gold: Cairngorm Black Gold, Aviemore, Highlands
Silver: Cambridge Moonshine Black Hole Stout, Fulbourn, Cambs
Bronze: Acorn Gorlovka, Wombwell, South Yorkshire
Gold: Coniston No 9, Coniston, Cumbria
Silver: Moor Old Freddy Walker, Pitney, Somerset
Bronze: Isle of Sky Cullin Beast, Uig, Isle of Sky.
The overall winners -- Driftwood, Cairngorm and Coniston -- will go forward to the Champion Beer of Britain competition that will held during the Great British Beer Festival at London Olympia in August.
*Roger Protz comments: By sheer coincidence I shall be conducting a tutored beer tasting at the Driftwood Spars on Thursday evening, 26 January. It should be quite a night!" See www.driftwoodspars.com