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A speciality beer has won CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain

Press Release

Issue Date: 9 August 
Immediate Release 

 

A speciality beer has won CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 

 

A speciality beer has won CAMRA's Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for the first time.

Bingham's Vanilla Stout, brewed in Berkshire, was named the best beer of 2016 at the Champion Beer of Britain Awards Dinner held on Tuesday evening (9 August) at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London.

The award comes after almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats seeing the best beers across the UK invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival.

Final judging  for the competition was held at the huge beer festival which opened its doors to the public on August 9 and over the next week will see more than 50,000 people visiting Olympia in London to sample their choice of more than 900 beers, cider and perries – including the chance to try the nation's best beer.

Bingham's Vanilla Stout is a 5 per cent Dark Stout infused with vanilla and dark malts to create a smooth and dark beer.

The Kent based Old Dairy brewery's Snow Top claimed the silver award in the Champion Beer of Britain competition. The 6 per cent ABV Old Ale has already taken a gold award at CAMRA's National Winter Ale's Festival and is described by the brewery as the "perfect winter warmer" with fruitcake and marmalade flavours.

Placing third in the competition was Tring brewery's Death or Glory, a 7.2 per cent Barley Wine, brewed by appointment to the Queen's Royal Lancers. The beer is described by the Hertfordshire brewery as being a rich and sweet barley wine with a complex nature.

CAMRA national director responsible for the Champion Beer of Britain Competition Nik Antona said: "This year all the judges commented on how high quality all the beers were in the final stages of the competition and what a wide range of styles and beers they had to try and choose between.

"Bingham's Vanilla Stout is packed full of comforting flavours and I'm sure it will be a popular Champion Beer Choice. It's great to see a speciality beer win the award for the first time in the history of the competition and our congratulations go to the brewery."

OVERALL WINNERS

BREWERY

BEER

FIND IT AT

 

Binghams

Vanilla Stout

B5

Gold

Old Dairy

Snow Top

B19

Silver

Tring

Death or Glory

B7

Bronze

 

CATEGORY - MILD

BREWERY

BEER

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Position

Williams Bros

Williams Black

B23

Gold

Mighty Oak

Oscar Wilde

B2

Silver

Acorn

Darkness

B18

Bronze

 

CATEGORY – BITTER

BREWERY

BEER

FIND IT AT

 

Timothy Taylors

Boltmaker

B17

Gold

Tiny Rebel

Hank

B14

Silver

Hawkshead

Bitter

B12

Joint Bronze

Salopian

Shropshire Gold

B6

Joint Bronze

 

CATEGORY – BEST BITTER

BREWERY

BEER

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Surrey Hills

Shere Drop

B18

Gold

Salopian

Darwin's Origin

B6

Silver

Colchester

Colchester No.1

B2

Joint Bronze

Tiny Rebel

Cwtch

B14

Joint Bronze

 

CATEGORY – STRONG BITTER

BREWERY

BEER

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Heavy Industry

77

B11

Gold

Hawkshead

NZPA

B12

Silver

Adnams

Ghost Ship

B18

Bronze

 

CATEGORY- GOLDEN ALES

BREWERY

BEER

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Golden Triangle

Mosaic City

B11

Gold

Grey Trees Independent Craft Brewery

Diggers Gold

B2

Silver

Marble

Lagonda IPA

B23

Bronze

 

CATEGORY - SPECIALITY

BREWERY

BEER

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Binghams

Vanilla Stout

B5

Gold

Saltaire

Triple Chocoholic

B17

Bronze

Titanic

Plum Porter

B16

Silver

 

All of these beers are available at the Great British Beer Festival throughout this week.

 

COPY ENDS

 

For more information please contact CAMRA's press office on 01727 337863 / 020759 86522 or email press@camra.org.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

NWAF winners

Overall winners-

Gold – Marble, Chocolate Marble

Silver – Elland, 1872 Porter

Bronze – Plain Ales, Inncognito Stout

Gold winners from each category judged at Derby went through to the final round of judging:

Barley Wine Strong Old Ales -

Gold – Tring, Death or Glory

Silver – Orkney, Skull Splitter

Bronze – Robinson's, Old Tom

 

Old Ale Strong Milds -

Gold – Old Dairy, Snow Top

Silver – Beowulf, Dark Raven    

Bronze – Adnams, Old Ale

 

Porters-

Gold – Elland, 1872 Porter

Silver – Ayr, Rabbies Porter       

Bronze – Red Fox, Black Fox Porter

 

Stouts-

Gold – Plain Ales, Inncognito Stout

Silver – Cairngorm, Black Gold

Bronze – Thornbridge, St Petersburg Russian Stout


 

About Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) is Britain's largest beer festival and welcomes over 50,000 visitors. Now in its 39th year, it has built a strong reputation within the industry and general public for bringing the best beer that the UK, Europe and rest of the world has to offer.

CAMRA tasting panels judge the beers in their geographic area of the UK. The recommendations of these panels are put forward to nine regional panels, with the winners of these qualifying for the finals in August.

 

Votes from CAMRA members via a form in What's Brewing, the CAMRA newsletter. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

 

The festival brings together over 900 real ales ranging from microbreweries to the most well known British brands, including hundreds of bottled and foreign beers, and a selection of real ciders and perries. The GBBF offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the full pub experience with games, quizzes, live entertainment and a selection of delightful cuisines to enjoy in a fun and unique environment. Tickets are available from the official festival website


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