Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Champion Beer of Britain announced!

It seems like all the judges agreed on that among the 8 finalists, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, stood out a was the winner.
Press release from CAMRA:

Harvest Pale, which has an ABV of 3.8%, is described in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2010 as 'blonde and refreshing with distinctive citrus hop.' 

The Nottingham brewed real ale was judged the Supreme Champion over a host of other finalists in 7 different beer categories (Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters, Golden Ales, Milds, Winter Beers*, and the Speciality class), including beers from both small microbrewers and large regional brewers. 

Roger Protz, of the Final judging panel, praised today's winner. He said: 

'Against intense competition from 8 other brilliant beers, Castle Rock Harvest Pale stood out and was the unanimous choice of all the judges for its great blend of tangy hop and juicy malt. A wonderfully refreshing and complex beer.' 

A delighted Chris Holmes, Castle Rock brewery Chairman, on hearing the results, said: 

'We've won dozens of awards over the past 5 to 6 years, but the best moments have been since our new brewer, Adrian Redgrove, who started 4 years ago, began producing high quality, consistent beer. The last 18 months we've been brewing at capacity because of the success and popularity of Harvest Pale, which has led to the opening of a new brew house in 2 weeks time which will treble our capacity.' 

With Castle Rock brewery securing the Gold award for 2010, this year's Silver went to Timothy Taylor brewery's Landlord, whilst the Bronze award went to Surrey Hills brewery's Hammer Mild.

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