Glasses raised to Old Freddy Walker, the Champion Winter Beer of Britain




Press Release

For Immediate Release: 12th May 2017

Glasses raised to Old Freddy Walker, the Champion Winter Beer of Britain


Bristol-based Moor Beer Company has marked the 10th anniversary of their reopening in style, with one of their brews being named CAMRA's Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

A presentation event was held at Moor Beer Company on Friday, 12th May to honour Old Freddy Walker, which was crowned the winner at the National Winter Ales Festival in February, following a year of local tasting panels and regional heats.

Old Freddy Walker (7.5 per cent ABV) impressed the judges in Norwich with its incredible balance of flavours, and was described as "a strong ale, with a rich flavour perfectly balanced between chocolate, honey, dark roasts and a hint of liquorice".

Presentations were also made to other breweries recognised in the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition including London Brewing Company, Grainstore Brewery and Tavy Ales.

Justin Hawke of Moor Beer Company said: "It's fantastic for the other winning brewers and CAMRA members to join us today for the awards presentation. We're still super excited about the win and really pleased that we continue to lead the way with our modern real ale, which is down to the hard work and dedication of everyone at Moor."

CAMRA's South West Regional Director, Gareth MacDonald said: "Moor Beer Company is an excellent example of a 21st century brewery that has not forgotten the roots and tradition of real ale, and all of its values."

The Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition provides an opportunity to showcase the best traditional winter brews in the country, in categories including barley wine, strong old ales, porters and stouts.




Notes to Editors

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with more than 187,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.


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Champion Winter Beer of Britain winners



Gold – Moor – Old Freddy Walker (Bristol)

Silver – Sulwath Brewers – Black Galloway (Dumfries & Galloway)

Bronze – Magic Rock – Dark Arts (Huddersfield)


Barley Wine, Strong Old Ales

Gold – Moor - Old Freddy Walker

Silver – Green Jack - Ripper Tripel

Bronze – Orkney - Skull Splitter


Old Ales Strong Milds

Gold – The Grainstore Brewery - Rutland Beast

Silver – Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby Mild

Bronze – Adnams – Old Ale joint with Old Dairy Brewery - Snow Top



Gold – Sulwath Brewers - Black Galloway

Silver – Elland Brewery – 1872 Porter

Bronze – Tavy Ales - Tavy Porter



Gold – Magic Rock – Dark Arts

Silver – London Brewing Company – 100 Oysters Stout

Bronze – Loch Lomond – Silkie Stout