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Yorkshire brewer triumphs at winter fest

Added: Wednesday, January 23rd 2013


National Winter Ales Festival, Manchester: Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter, at 6.5 per cent ABV, has today been crowned CAMRA's Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2013 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester, which begins today (January 23rd) at the city’s Sheridan Suite.

 The West Yorkshire brewery first scooped the country’s top winter beer award in 2010. The winning beer is described in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2013 as a creamy, full flavoured porter, with rich liquorice flavours and more than hint of hint of chocolate. 

Nik Antona, CAMRA Director, praised the outstanding quality of the champion. He said: “Porters should not be regarded as endangered beers, they are beers for today’s discerning drinkers. And on a cold day, 1872 Porter is a perfect winter warming beer. Elland Brewery 1872 Porter is a fine example of a modern day interpretation of one of this country’s classic beer styles. It’s gorgeous, drinkable, likeable and is highly recommended.” 

Elland Brewery owner Martin Ogley said he was shocked to win the award again. “I am gobsmacked, as I never expected this. There are so many great beers at the festival that it is remarkable for the judges to choose us again. 1872 Porter is our most award-winning beer and I will now have to be ready to brew more of it.” 

Also in the overall awards, Silver went to Bartrams Brewery’s (Suffolk) Comrade Bill Bartram’s EAISS (Egalitarian Anti-Imperialist Soviet Stout) while the Bronze medal went to Kelburn Brewing’s (East Renfrewshire, Scotland) Dark Moor. A panel of beer writers, members of the licensed trade and CAMRA members judged the competition. 

Drinkers at the National Winter Ales Festival will now be able to sample the winning brews, as well as a formidable selection of beers from more than 100 breweries, including a range of ciders and perries. Reigning supreme at the Winter Ales Festival today, Elland Brewery 1872 Porter as well as the verall finalists, will now enter  the final of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London, 13-17 August. 

 Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2013 - Winners List: 

 OVERALL RESULT

 Gold- Elland Brewery (West Yorkshire), 1872 Porter

 Silver- Bartrams Brewery (Suffolk), Comrade Bill Bartram’s EAISS (Egalitarian Anti-Imperialist Soviet Stout)

 Bronze - Kelburn Brewing (East Renfrewshire), Dark Moor

 Old Ales and Strong Milds category

 Gold- Kelburn Brewing (East Renfrewshire), Dark Moor

 Silver- Jennings (Cumbria), Sneck Lifter

 Bronze-Purple Moose (Gwynedd), Dark Side of the Moose

 Porters category

 Gold- Elland Brewery (West Yorkshire), 1872 Porter

 Silver-Blythe Brewery (Staffordshire), Johnson’s

 Bronze-Derby Brewery (Derbyshire), Penny’s Porter

 Stouts category

 Gold- Bartrams Brewery (Suffolk), Comrade Bill Bartram’s EAISS (Egalitarian Anti-Imperialist Soviet Stout)

 Silver - Marble Beers (Greater Manchester), Stouter Stout

 Bronze – Hop Back Brewery (Wiltshire), Entire Stout

 Barley Wines category

 Gold- Hogs Back Brewery (Wiltshire), A Over T (Aromas Over Tongham)

 Silver-Heart of Wales Brewing (Powys), High as a Kite

 Bronze- Kinver Brewery (Staffordshire), Over The Edge