A Cumbrian beer has been crowned the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Stringers Mutiny (9.3% ABV) is a rich double stout with coffee, chocolate and liquorice flavours. It was recognised as the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country and highly rated by the judges for its flavour, aroma and overall appearance.
Nottingham brewery, Flipside took the silver award with its Russian Rouble (7.3% ABV), a strong dark Russian imperial stout, which has rich chocolate and malt flavours and is brewed with traditional English hops. Chelmsford-based Crouch Vale took bronze for its Yakima Gold (4.2% ABV) pale ale.
The judging and announcement took place at the Great British Beer Experience which was hosted by CAMRA and UK online beer retailer Beer Hawk at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham.
Nick Boley, CAMRA’s national director responsible for the competition, said: “Congratulations to Stringers Brewery for winning the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award for its Mutiny stout, which is one of the highest achievements in the beer world. To win the award demonstrates a significant level of creativity and ingenuity in the brewing process.”
“We were particularly impressed with Mutiny this year because it consistently secured high scores from all the judges for its taste, aroma and appearance. It is a clear winner.”
Jon Kyme and Becky Stringer, from Stringers brewery said: “We are amazed. This is the first time we have won the competition! We are a very small brewery in Cumbria. We started in 2008 and have been making the Mutiny for five years. We are surprised and pleased: it was a terrific competition this year.”
A case of the 15 Champion Bottled Beers of Britain finalists is available exclusively through Beer Hawk https://www.beerhawk.co.uk/cbbob