If you’re looking for a world class beer at this year’s Peterborough beer festival, you probably should head to the ‘E’ brewery section and find Elland, as their 1872 Porter has just won the champion beer of Britain award at the national beer festival.
There’s also another local connection, Peterborough’s (and CAMRA’s) Dickie Bird actually is director of the Elland Brewery, so must be a very proud man right now!
Update: UNFORTUNATELY I SPOKE TO SOON – the Champion beer itself was probably in such demand at the national festival that there are no supplies for the Pboro event! My app has been updated accordingly, but there’s still three other great beers from the Elland Brewery to try.
After a year of local tasting panels and regional heats leading up to the finals, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is today proud to announce that Elland 1872 Porter has been crowned the ‘Best Beer’ in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London.
The West Yorkshire 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.
Colin Valentine, Chair of the competition and CAMRA Chairman, spoke in praise of today’s winner. He said:
“It was a really tough decision but Elland 1872 Porter is a fantastic beer and a well deserved winner. 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.”
Michael Wynnyczuk, Head Brewer at Elland, had this to say,
“I’m utterly shocked. 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.”
With Coniston Brewery No.9 barley Wine securing the Gold award for 2012, this year’s Silver went to Buntingford Twitchell, whilst the Bronze award went Fyne Ales Jarl.
1872 PORTER – 6.5%
Rich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.
GOLD MEDAL in its class at the International Brewing Awards Competition 2004.
SUPREME CHAMPION at the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival, January 2010
GOLD MEDAL in its class at the SIBA National Beer Competition, March 2011.
SUPREME CHAMPION at the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival, January 2013