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Yorkshire Porter storms to GBBF victory

Added: Tuesday, August 13th 2013

A Porter brewed in Yorkshire and based on a 19th-century recipe has been named Champion Beer of Britain 2013. Elland 1872 Porter, 6.5%, is brewed by Elland Brewery in West Yorkshire by brewer Michael Wynnyczuk. The beer also won the Champion Winter Beer of Britain in January.

The brewery is owned by Dicky Bird (not that one), who paid homage to former owner Dave Saunders, who originally developed the beer. It’s based on a genuine 1872 recipe and uses invert sugar alongside pale, crystal and black malts. The hops are Northdown and Target.

The Silver award went to Buntingford Brewery in Hertfordshire for its 3.8% Twitchell Bitter. Bronze went to Fyne Ales in Argyll, Scotland, for its golden ale, Jarl, also 3.8%. This was a remarkable victory for Fyne Ales, as Jarl was recently voted Champion Beer of Scotland.

Category winners


Bronze: Fernandes Malt Shovel Mild; Silver: Cotswold Spring Old Sodbury Ale; Gold: GREAT ORME WELSH BLACK.


Joint Bronze: Butcombe Bitter & Surrey Hills Ranmore Ale; Silver: Moor Revival; Gold: BUNTINGFORD TWITCHELL.

Best Bitters

Joint Bronze: Purple Moose Glaslyn & Woodforde’s Nelson’s Revenge; Silver: Surrey Hills Shere Drop; Gold: MORDUE WORKIE TICKET.

Golden Ales

Bronze: St Austell Proper Job; Silver: Buntingford Polar Star; Gold: FYNE ALES JARL.

Strong Bitters

Bronze: Castle Rock Screech Owl; Silver: Marble Dobber; Gold; BEESTON ON THE HUH.

Speciality Beers:

Bronze: Conwy Honey Fayre; Silver: Saltaire Triple Chocoholic; Gold; GROWLER NETHERGATE UMBEL MAGNA.

Real Ale in a Bottle

Bronze: Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout; Silver: St Austell Proper Job; Gold: MOLSON COORS WORTHINGTON’S WHITE SHIELD.