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Dunham Porter best UK winter beer

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted February 19, 2014
booze news

Greater Manchester-brewed five-percenter becomes second porter on trot to scoop top winter gong.

The National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) at the Roundhouse in Derby has kicked off with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) crowning 5% Dunham Porter as the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2014.

Brewed by the Dunham Massey Brewery of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, the winning beer is described in a CAMRA press release as "as a classic old-style English porter; creamy, full-bodied and packed with flavour".

This marks the second year running that a porter has landed the highest laurels at the NWAF, with the award in 2013 going to Elland Brewery's 6.5% 1872 Porter.

"We're made up!" says Dunham Massey owner John Costello.

"We are a relatively new brewery who love making traditional styles, like porters, milds and stouts, and I thought our porter would do well but I can't believe we've won overall Champion."

"I'm over the moon."

"The CAMRA [Champion Winter Beer of Britain] awards mean everything to us."

"It's the highest accolade a dark beer can earn."

"The Winter Beer of Britain competition has been given even greater significance in recent years, with the last two winners going on to win the Overall Champion Beer of Britain held at the Great British Beer Festival in the summer," adds competition director Nik Antona.

"Proving these once lesser-known styles are perfect for drinking all year round!"


Overall Champion: Dunham Porter; Dunham Massey; Greater Manchester;

Silver: Black Gold; Cairngorm; Highlands, Scotland; and

Bronze: Winter Glow; Exe Valley; Devon.


Barley wine

Gold: Over the Edge; Kinver Brewery; Staffordshire;

Silver: Old Freddy Walker; Moor; Somerset;

Bronze (Joint): Ripple Tripel; Green Jack; Suffolk; and Orkney Porter; Highland; Orkney.

Old Ale/Strong Milds

Gold: Winter Glow; Exe Valley; Devon;

Silver: Dark Raven; Beowulf; Staffordshire; and

Bronze: Rutland Beast; Grainstore; Rutland.


Gold: Black Gold; Cairngorm; Highlands, Scotland;

Silver: Anastasia's Exile Stout; Ascot Ales; Surrey; and

Bronze: Stouter Stout; Marble; Greater Manchester.


Gold: Dunham Porter; Dunham Massey; Greater Manchester;

Silver: Rabbie's Porter; Ayr Brewery; Ayrshire; and

Bronze: Salem Porter; Batemans; Lincolnshire.

For more details on the NWAF, see A walk on the weird side, posted 18/2/14.

Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist and geographer who has so far visited 70 countries on six continents. A published lyricist, he has fronted punk bands in both the UK and Poland, including the only band ever to be kicked off BBC Radio Cornwall. He has been known to like a pint.

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