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Elland 1872 wins gold again

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted August 14, 2013
elland 1872 porter wins gold at great british beer festival
Where the magic happens: Inside the Elland Brewery. © Elland Brewery

Elland 1872 Porter has won another trophy, landing top gong at the GBBF in London.


Having been named Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain for a second time earlier this year, Elland 1872 Porter has now been crowned Best Beer in Britain at the ongoing Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) in London's Olympia.

Following what the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) describes in a press release as "a year of local tasting panels and regional heats", the West Yorkshire-brewed porter was judged the Supreme Champion over a host of other finalists in seven different categories, viz Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters, Golden Ales, Milds, Winter Beers and Specialities, and which included beers produced by both small microbreweries and large regional brewers alike.

"It was a really tough decision but Elland 1872 Porter is a fantastic beer and a well deserved winner," says CAMRA and competition chairman Colin Valentine.

"A 6.5% ABV, rich and strongly flavoured porter with flavours of coffee and dark chocolate, this result makes it two years in a row that our Champion Winter Beer has gone on to win the Champion Beer of Britain competition."

"I'm utterly shocked," adds Elland's head brewer Michael Wynnyczuk.

"It's a great beer but after we won the Winter Ales competition you wonder about it in the summer GBBF competition, as people may prefer different styles of beer in warmer weather."

"But we know it's a great beer and we're really proud to be crowned Champion Beer of Britain."

At the same time, this year's silver went to Buntingford's Twitchell while Fyne Ales landed bronze for Jarl, which last month was named Champion Beer of Scotland at the Scottish Real Ale Festival in Edinburgh.

Elland 1872 Porter is available to taste, sup and enjoy at the GBBF right this very minute.


OVERALL WINNERS
Gold: Elland (West Yorkshire), 1872 Porter

Silver: Buntingford (Hertfordshire), Twitchell

Bronze: Fyne Ales (Argyll), Jarl


MILD CATEGORY
Gold: Great Orme (Conwy), Welsh Black

Silver: Cotswold Spring (Gloucestershire), Old Sodbury Mild

Bronze: Fernandes (West Yorkshire), Malt Shovel Mild


BITTERS CATEGORY
Gold: Buntingford (Hertfordshire), Twitchell

Silver: Moor (Somerset), Revival

Bronze: Surrey Hills (Surrey), Ranmore Ale and Buttcombe (Somerset), Buttcombe Bitter


BEST BITTERS
Gold: Mordue (North Shields), Workie Ticket

Silver: Surrey Hills (Surrey), Shere Drop

Bronze: Purple Moose (Gwynedd), Glaslyn and Woodfordes (Norfolk), Nelson's Revenge


GOLDEN ALES
Gold: Fyne Ales (Argyll), Jarl

Silver: Buntingford (Hertfordshire), Polar Star

Bronze: St Austell (Cornwall), Proper Job


STRONG BITTERS
Gold: Beeston (Norfolk), On the Huh

Silver: Marble (Greater Manchester), Dobber

Bronze: Castle Rock (Nottingham), Screech Owl


SPECIALITY BEERS
Gold: Growler, (Suffolk), Umbel Magna

Silver: Saltaire (West Yorkshire), Triple Chocolate

Bronze: Conwy (Conwy), Honey Fayre


CHAMPION WINTER BEER OF BRITAIN
(from category winners announced in January)

Elland (West Yorkshire), 1872 Porter

Bartram's (Suffolk), Comrade Bill Bartram's EAIS Stout

Kelburn (Glasgow), Dark Moor (Old Ale/Strong Mild)

Hog's Back (Surrey), A over T (Barley Wine/Strong Old Ale)


CHAMPION BOTTLED BEER OF BRITAIN
Gold: Molson Coor's (Burton on Trent), Worthington White Shield

Silver: St Austell (Cornwall), Proper Job

Bronze: Harvey's (East Sussex), Imperial Extra Double Stout


See also Baum best boozer in Blighty, posted 23/2/13; Out come the gongs, posted 27/3/13; Jarl crowned best Scottish beer, posted 12/7/13; and GBBF starts tomorrow, posted 12/8/13.



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