Mild chosen best beer in Britain

Moorhouse's Black Cat honored at Great British Beer Festival

Aug 1, 2000 - - Michael Jackson reports from the judging.


Moorhouse's Black Cat was honored Tuesday as the best beer in Britain during judging by brewers, beer writers and journalists at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The mild beer is described in the 2000 Good Beer Guide as, "A smooth, well-balanced dark mild with a fruity aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavours complement the bitter roast character that lingers on into the aftertaste."

The Burnley brewed mild was chosen as the overall winner from over 30 finalists in five categories including beers from tiny micros to major national brewers.

"This is only the third time a mild has won the most prestigious beer competition in the world, the last time being twenty years ago," said Mike Benner, Head of Campaigns and Communications. "At a time when many brewers are dropping their milds claiming drinkers don't want them, this marks a real achievement for Moorhouses and promises to turn the mild market around."

Malcolm MacDonald from Moorhouse's said: "It's a tremendous achievement for us all. It proves that a mild style beer is still in demand with today's drinkers. Big thanks to all the staff here in Burnley and we look forward to selling huge quantities of mild!"

The Silver award went to 'TEA' from Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham, Surrey. The Bronze went to Yorkshire Terrier Bitter from York Brewery.

The festival continues through Saturday.

Gold - Black Cat from Moorhouse's
Silver - Dark Mild from Batemans
Bronze - Dark Mild from Brains

Gold - Gold from Bullmastiff
Silver - Bitter from Brakspear
Bronze - JHB from Oakham AND Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun

Best Bitters
Gold - T.E.A. from Hogs Back
Silver - Yorkshire Terrier from York Brewery
Bronze - Landlord from Timothy Taylors AND St. Peters Well from Houston

Strong Bitters
Gold - Monkman's Slaughter from Cropton
Silver - HSB from Gales
Bronze - Summer Lightning from Hop Back

Bottle-Conditioned Beers
Gold - White Shield from King & Barnes
Silver - Pride of Romsey from Hampshire Brewery
Bronze - Festive from King & Barnes

Speciality Beers
Gold - Umbel Ale from Nethergate
Silver - White Dwarf from Oakham
Bronze - Heather Ale from Fraoch

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