Banana beer top 'Fem-ale'

Charles wells Banana Bread Beer wins voting at GBBF

Aug 11, 2003 - Banana Bread Beer from Charles Wells of Bedford won the voting for favorite beer for women conducted during the Great British Beer Festival, organized by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Banana Bread, brewed using bananas, received 26% of the the votes, followed by Fuller's Summer Ale with 9%. Scottish Courage Imperial Russian Stout was third with 6%. Ten beers were on the ballot for best "Fem-ale of the Festival."


"The competition is obviously a bit of fun, rather than a serious tasting competition, but we're very pleased that so many women took part," said CAMRA spokesman Mike Benner. "I doubt that many women tried all of the top ten beers for female beer virgins, but the fact that so many chose to try Banana Bread Beer shows that women visitors were attracted to something so tasty and different."

Bitter & Twisted was awarded champion beer of British during the festival, which wrapped up Saturday. Prelimary figures show the festival drew 43,400 visitors, who consumed more than 200,000 pints. CAMRA signed up more than 1,000 new members during the festival.

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