Old Growler Britain's winter winner

Gale's Festival, Wentowrth Oat Meal Stout runnersup in national judging

Jan 23, 2003 - Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery in Clare, Suffolk, has been named as the Supreme National Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2003 by a panel of judges at CAMRA's national winter celebration of beer.


The beer also won in 1997. The 5% ABV porter is described in the 2003 edition of the Good Beer Guide as a "complex and satisfying porter, smooth and distinctive. Sweetness, roast malt and fruit feature in the palate, with bitter chocolate lingering. The finish is powerfully hoppy."

Richard Perry, organizer of the National Winter Ales Festival congratulated Nethergate on its ability to produce beers to perform on the national stage with companies a hundred times its size. "It's great that this prestigious competition has taken place in Burton, the home of brewing," he said. "Old Growler is a fantastic beer with a wonderful balance and complexity in each mouthfull. A truly lovely beer."

On hearing the news Dick Burge, managing director of Nethergate, said, "We are delighted. It's a great tribute to the skill and dedication of our brewing team. It was the second beer we ever brewed way back in 1989 and it's been a favourite ever since. Interestingly one of our biggest customers for Old Growler uses it in Christmas Puddings which are exported around the World."

Old Growler is available in the United States from Artisanal Imports in the East, and Manneken-Brussel Imports in the West.

The silver prize went to Horndean based Gales with their Festival, and the bronze to Wentworth brewery from Rotherham for Oat Meal Stout.

Category winners:

Old Ales & Strong Milds
Gold - Gale's Festival Mild
Silver - Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild
Bronze - Woodforde's Norfolk Nog

Stouts & Porters
Gold - Nethergate Old Growler
Silver - Wentworth Oatmeal Stout
Bronze - RCH Old Slug Porter

Barley Wines
Gold - Woodforde's Headcracker
Silver - Harveys Christmas Ale
Bronze - Robinson's Old Tom

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