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A Bitter & Twisted champion

Bitter from Scotland chosen best beer in Britain

Aug 5, 2003 - Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun, of Dollar in Clackmannanshire, has been chosen best beer in Britain by a panel of brewers, beer writers and journalists at the Great British Beer Festival. This is the second year in a row that a Scottish brewery has won the award. Caledonian's Deuchars IPA won in 2002.

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The beer is described in the 2003 edition of the Good Beer Guide as, "a refreshingly hoppy beer with fruit throughout. A bitter-sweet taste with a long, dry, bitter finish. A golden session beer."

"It's great news for Harviestoun and for Scotland," said Mike Benner, CAMRA's Head of Campaigns. "Bitter & Twisted has long been a favourite of beer drinkers and I'm very pleased to see them win the most prestigious beer competition."

"I'm overjoyed," said Harviestoun owner Ken Booker. "It really proves that Scottish brewers are leading the way on tasty and distinctive beers. I am pleased that all the hard work from the team at Harviestoun has paid off. It's a great way to launch our new brewery building."

(Michael Jackson visits the Harviestoun brewery.)

The Silver award went to Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold from Essex. Bronze went to Lidstones Rowley Mild from Suffolk.

CHAMPION BEERS OF BRITAIN 2003

SUPREME CHAMPION: Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
Silver: Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold
Bronze: Lidstones Rowley Mild

MILD
GOLD: Lidstones Rowley Mild (Newmarket, Suffolk)
SILVER: Brains Dark (Cardiff, Wales)
BRONZE: Bazens Black Pig Mild (Salford, Manchester)

BITTER
GOLD: Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted (Dollar, Clackmannanshire)
SILVER: Daleside Bitter (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)
BRONZE: Triple FFF Alton Pride (Alton, Hampshire) and Caledonian Deuchars IPA (Edinburgh, Scotland)

BEST BITTER
GOLD: Crouch Vale Brewers Gold (Chelmsford, Essex)
SILVER: West Berkshire Full Circle (Thatcham, Berks)
BRONZE: Slaters Supreme (Eccleshall, Staffordshire) and Rooster's Hooligan (Knaresborough, North Yorkshire)

STRONG BITTER
GOLD: Adnams Broadside (Southwold, Suffolk)
SILVER: RCH East Street Cream (Weston-super-Mare)
BRONZE: Oakham Bishops Farewell (Peterborough, Cambs)

SPECIALITY BEERS
GOLD: Cheriton Village Elder (Alresford, Hampshire)
SILVER: Daleside Morocco (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)
BRONZE: Oakham White Dwarf (Peterborough, Cambs)

BOTTLE-CONDITIONED BEERS
GOLD: O'Hanlon's Original Port Stout (Whimple, Devon)
SILVER: Fuller's 1845 Celebration Ale (Chiswick, London)
BRONZE: RCH Old Slug Porter (Weston-super-Mare, Somerset)


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