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Yorkshire Porter triumphs again

Added: Wednesday, February 11th 2015

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Elland 1872 Porter has been crowned CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2015 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby, which begins today (February 11) at the city’s Roundhouse. Pictured is Dickie Bird of Elland Brewery accepting the award with festival organiser Gillian Hough.

The winning 6.5% abv beer is described in CAMRA’s 2015 Good Beer Guide as a “creamy, full-flavoured porter with rich liquorice flavours and a hint of chocolate from the roasted malt. A soft but satisfying after taste of bittersweet roast and malt.”

Mike Hiscock, Elland Brewery Manager, said:

“It’s absolutely fabulous to win the Champion Winter Beer of Britain, though we certainly weren’t expecting this, it is amazing to get the hat trick and win this award for the third time. We know it is independently judged so for it to keep coming out on top is testament to the depth of flavour and complexity that we get into the beer. This really is fantastic news.”

The Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition judges the best of the best in terms of classic winter warmers – from thick, rich, dark porters and stouts, to sweet and strong Barley Wines.

A panel of beer writers, members of the licensed trade and CAMRA members judged the competition. Elland 1872 Porter will now go forward to compete in the overall Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival this August. Nik Antona, Champion Winter Beer of Britain Director, said:

“Elland 1872 is a fantastic example of what a traditional porter should taste like and has been hugely popular for many years, particularly it seems with competition judges, who have named it Champion Winter Beer of Britain twice and overall Champion Beer of Britain once in the last three years – a huge achievement.”

Drinkers at the National Winter Ales Festival will now be able to sample the winning brews, as well as a selection of more than 450 real ales, plus draught ciders, perries and mead.  

 

National Champion Winter Beer of Britain Winners

 

Overall Champion

Elland – 1872 Porter 

Silver

Purple Moose – Darkside of the Moose

Bronze 

Dancing Duck – Dark Drake

 

Category Winners: 

Barley Wine and Strong Old Ales

Gold:

Lees - Moonraker 

Silver:

Orkney Skullsplitter 

Bronze:

Darwin – Extinction Ale
 

Old Ale/Strong Milds

Gold:

Purple Moose – Darkside of the Moose 

Silver:

Ulverston – Fra Diavolio 

Bronze:

Castle Rock – Midnight Owl 

Stout

Gold:

Dancing Duck – Dark Drake 

Silver:

Plain Ales - Incognito 

Bronze:

Highland – Sneeky Wee Orkney Stout 

Porter 

Gold:

Elland – 1872 Porter 

Silver (joint):

Bath Ales – Festivities
Fuller’s – London Porter 

Bronze: Blakemere - Deep Dark Secret