Camra announces Welsh bitter as best beer in Britain

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Welsh red ale Cwtch from Tiny Rebel brewery in Newport has been announced as the best beer in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival in London.

It was named supreme champion over a host of other finalists in 10 different categories in the culmination of over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats. See below for the full list of winners.

It was announced today along with category winners by organisers, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), at the Great British Beer Festival which runs at Olympia until August 15.

Nik Antona, Champion Beer of Britain director, said: “The Champion Beer of Britain title is the most coveted title in British beer. For over 30 years brewers have put forward their real ale in the hope it will win, and this year Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch is a very worthy winner of this prestigious award.”

Tiny Rebel head brewer Gareth Williams was delighted with the award for Cwtch which is Welsh for cuddle. “This is the ultimate award to win in our eyes and after winning at the Great Welsh a few years ago this feels even better. It’s just a crazy feeling and we’re massively proud.”

Bradley Cummings, co-founder of the brewery, added: “We were brought up on real ale and we love traditional styles. Cwtch is our modern version of a traditional bitter, with extra hopping for a more pronounced bitterness and aroma. It’s new world and old world all in one.”

This year’s overall Silver went to golden ale Jaguar from The Kelburn Brewing Company in Renfrewshire while the Bronze went to Dark Drake stout from Dancing Duck in Derby. All three of the beers are available at the Great British Beer Festival this week.

Most of the winning brewers including Tiny Rebel are members of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). Mike Benner, managing director of SIBA, said: “We are of course delighted that this year’s Champion Beer of Britain is again a SIBA member and congratulate Tiny Rebel. To progress through CAMRA’s local tasting panels, regional beer judging and then today’s final judging is a tremendous achievement.

“SIBA brewers continue to win the top prizes at GBBF year after year, thanks to their commitment to producing quality, great-tasting beers that represent the very best of British craft brewing today. Our members’ success with Camra and other competitions, both in the UK and internationally, shows that beers from SIBA brewers are nearly always ‘best in class’, brewed by passionate, skilled brewers with respect for brewing traditions but also with the spirit of innovation that has been SIBA’s hallmark from the start.

“Winning an award at the GBBF helps brewers to raise their profile and secure listings. We’re delighted that a growing number of pubs are now making space on their bars for beers from British craft brewers, and will continue to work hard with operators to create more opportunities for our members to have their great beers listed in more pubs – to the benefit of brewer, retailer and the increasing number of drinkers looking for quality British beers.”

Overall winners
Gold – Tiny Rebel: Cwtch
Silver – Kelburn: Jaguar
Bronze – Dancing Duck: Dark Drake

Gold – Williams Bros: Black
Silver – Rudgate: Ruby Mild
Bronze – Great Orme: Welsh Black

Gold – Pheasantry: Best Bitter
Silver – Acorn: Barnsley Bitter
Joint Bronze – Purple Moose: Madog’s Ale & Timothy Taylor: Boltmaker

Best Bitter
Gold – Tiny Rebel: Cwtch
Silver – Highland: Scapa Special
Joint Bronze – Barngates: Tag Lag & Salopian: Darwin’s Origin

Golden Ale
Gold – Kelburn: Jaguar
Silver – Adnams: Explorer
Bronze – Blue Monkey: Infinity

Strong Bitter
Gold – Dark Star: Revelation
Silver – Salopian: Golden Thread
Bronze – Grain: India Pale Ale

Speciality Beer
Gold – Titanic: Plum Porter
Joint Silver – Kissingate: Black Cherry Mild & Saltaire: Triple Chocolate
Bronze – Hanlons: Port Stout

Champion Winter Beer of Britain
(from category winners announced in January 2015)
Porter – Elland Brewery
Stout – Dancing Duck: Dark Drake
Barley Wines and Strong Old Ales – JW Lees: Moonraker
Old Ales and Strong Milds – Purple Moose

Champion Bottled Beer of Britain
(Sponsored by Beer Hawk)
Gold – Harveys: Imperial Extra Double Stout
Silver – Fyne Ales: Superior India Pale Ale
Bronze – Mordue: India Pale Ale

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