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Caledonian's Deuchars IPA wins Champion Beer of Britain

Aug 6, 2002 - Deuchars IPA brewed by Caledonian of Edinburgh was judged Tuesday as the best beer in Britain by a panel of brewers, beer writers and journalists. This is the first time that a Scottish beer has ever won the title of Champion Beer of Britain.

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The 2002 edition of the Good Beer Guide describes the beer as: "An extremely tasty and refreshing amber-coloured session beer. Hops and fruit are very evident and are balanced by malt throughout. The lingering aftertaste is delightfully bitter and hoppy."

Roger Protz, one of the finalist judges and Editor of the Good Beer Guide said, "I think that the victory for Caledonian is well overdue. Deuchars IPA is a fabulous beer. A brilliant blend of malt and hop character and above all a drink with enormouus drinkability. A great victory for Scotland!"

The Silver award went to East Street Cream from RCH (Somerset). Moondance from Triple FFF (Hampshire) won the bronze.

HopDevil IPA from Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown, Pa., was voted "Best American Beer" at the festival. More than 20 cask-conditioned U.S. beers were judged by an expert panel that included Jackie Bateman of Batemans Brewery in Lincolnshire. Perkuno Porter from New Jersey's Heavyweight Brewing Co. won the Silver, while Amherst Anniversary Ale and People's Pint Provider Pale Ale shared the Bronze.

CHAMPION BEERS OF BRITAIN 2002

SUPREME CHAMPION: DEUCHARS IPA - Caledonian (Edinburgh)
SILVER: EAST STREET CREAM - RCH (Somerset)
BRONZE: MOONDANCE - Triple FFF (Hampshire)

MILDS
GOLD: PRESSED RAT & WARTHOG - Triple FFF (Hampshire)
SILVER: MAN IN THE BOAT - Boat (West Yorks)
BRONZE: BLACK CAT - Morrhouses (Lancashire)

BITTERS
GOLD: DEUCHARS IPA - Caledonian (Edinburgh)
SILVER: VIKING - Rudgate (York)
JOINT BRONZE: HEWISH IPA - RCH (Somerset) and JHB - Oakham (Peterborough)

BEST BITTERS
GOLD: MOONDANCE - Triple FFF (Hampshire)
SILVER: CROUCH VALE - Brewers Gold (Essex)
JOINT BRONZE: RED MACGREGOR - Orkney (Orkney) and LONDON PRIDE - Fuller's (London)

STRONG BITTERS
GOLD: EAST STREET CREAM - RCH (Somerset)
SILVER: ESB - Fuller's (London)
BRONZE: HOP GARDEN GOLD - Hogs Back (Surrey)

SPECIALITY BEERS
GOLD: WHITE DWARF - Oakham (Peterborough)
SILVER: SCHIEHALLION - Harviestoun (Clackmannanshire)
BRONZE: UMBEL MAGNA - Nethergate (Suffolk)

GUARDIAN/CAMRA BOTTLE-CONDITIONED BEERS
GOLD: 1845 - Fuller's (London)
SILVER: LIVE ORGANIC - Brakspear (Oxfordshire)
BRONZE: SUMMER LIGHTNING - Hop Back (Wiltshire)


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