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Jarl crowned best Scottish beer

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted July 12, 2013
CAMRA names jarl best scottish beer
Perfect any time: A pint of Jarl yesterday. © Fyne Ales

Fyne Ales golden ale scoops golden gong at Scottish Real Ale Festival.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named Jarl (pronounced 'Yarl') as its Champion Beer of Scotland.

Produced by Fyne Ales of Achadunan, Jarl is a 3.8% golden ale described by the brewery as "a full-on citrus experience" that is "light and golden" and "a perfect ale for whiling away the hours at any time".

According to a CAMRA press release, this is the first time that Fyne Ales has won the award.

It also marks "the first time in seven years that a mainland Scottish brewery has been named champion".

The news was announced yesterday at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, which runs until Sunday (14/7/13) at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and which features 159 beers from 48 different Scottish breweries.

"We are very proud of a great team who have put in a fabulous effort," Fyne Ales owner Tuggy Delap is quoted as saying.

The judging panel, consisting of CAMRA members, brewers, publicans and beer writers, CAMRA notes, experienced "difficulty in choosing between the sheer quality of all the entrants on show this year".

Nevertheless, Black Gold, produced by Cairngorm of Aviemore, picked up silver, followed by St Magnus Ale from the Orkney-based Highland Brewing Company.

See also Baum best boozer in Blighty, posted 23/2/13.

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