Brewers Gold strikes gold

Golden Ale wins Champion Beer at Great British Beer Festival

Aug 2, 2005 - Brewers Gold, brewed by Crouch Vale of Essex, was judged to be the best beer in Britain by a panel of brewers, beer writers and journalists.


The 2005 edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide describes the beers as, "Striking grapefruit nose leads to a beer of generally citrus hoppy character, underpinned by a perfumed sweetness and an aftertaste of orange wine gums."

Brewers Gold was chosen first from more than 50 finalists in eight categories judged at the 2005 Great British Beer Festival.

"Congratulations to Crouch Vale," Roger Protz, one of the finalist judges, said. "It is great to see a golden ale win this award. Golden ale is a rapidly growing style of beer and one that will appeal to younger drinkers and women as well as real ale aficionados. It's a wonderfully refreshing beer - the ideal antidote to lager!"

"We have been in the final of the this competition for a few year's now but to have gone one step further this year and be voted the best beer in Britain makes me very proud," said Crouch Vale general manager Olly Grahm. "I would like to thank everybody at the brewery for all of their hard work. They have all played their part in making Brewer's Gold the best beer in the land."

The Silver award went to Rutland Panther from Grainstore (Rutland). Bronze went to Woodforde's Wherry from Norfolk.

The GBBF runs until Saturday at Olympia in London.

Gold: Grainstore Rutland Panther (Rutland)
Silver: Brains Dark (Cardiff)
Bronze: Elgood's Black Dog (Cambridgeshire)

Gold: Woodforde's Wherry (Norfolk)
Silver: Holdens Black Country Bitter (West Midlands)
Joint Bronze: RCH PG Steam (Somerset) and Belvoir Star (Leicestershire)

Best Bitter
Gold: Harveys Sussex Bitter (East Sussex)
Joint Silver: Mighty Oak Burntwood Bitter (Essex)
Joint Bronze: Timothy Taylor Landlord (Yorkshire) and Olde Swan Entire (West Midlands)

Golden Ales

Gold: Crouch Vale Brewers Gold (Essex)
Silver: Jarrow Rivet Catcher (Tyne and Wear)
Bronze: Oakham JHB (Cambridgeshire)

Strong Ale
Gold: Hanby Nutcracker (Shropshire)
Silver: Bullmastiff Son of a Bitch (Cardiff)
Bronze: Fuller's ESB (Fullers)

Gold: Cairngorm Tradewinds (Inverness-shire)
Silver: Young's Waggledance (London)
Joint Bronze: Daleside Morrocco (North Yorkshire) and Ridleys Rumpus (Essex)

Real Ale in a Bottle
Gold: Durham Evensong (Durham)
Silver: Young's Special London Ale (London)
Bronze: Titanic Stout (Staffordshire)

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