Timothy Taylor leads line-up of festival’s champion beers

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Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been named Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival in London.

After over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats leading up to the finals, the West Yorkshire-brewed real ale was judged the supreme champion ahead of other finalists across seven different beer categories.

The finalists included beers from microbrewers and large regional brewers, ranging across bitters, best bitters, strong bitters, golden ales, milds, winter beers and speciality brews.

Nik Antona, Champion Beer of Britain director, said: “It is fantastic to announce Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker as the Champion Beer of Britain 2014. This full-flavoured bitter is a modern classic that is as impressive today as the day it was first brewed.”

Timothy Taylor’s head brewer Peter Eells said: “We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic.”

The brewer’s managing director Charles Dent added: “We’re absolutely delighted. It’s our favourite, it’s the brewers favourite, it’s the beer that you drink if you’re drinking with us and it’s named after one of our favourites pubs – The Boltmakers.”

This year’s Silver went to Oakham Citra, while the Bronze award went to Salopian, Darwin’s Origin. All three of the beers are available at the Great British Beer Festival, organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), at Olympia this week.

Overall winners
Gold: Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker
Silver: Oakham, Citra
Bronze: Salopian, Darwin’s Origin

Gold: Bank Top, Dark Mild
Silver: Branscombe Vale, Mild
Bronze: Castle Rock, Black Gold

Gold: Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker
Silver: Mighty Oak, Captain Bob Joint
Bronze: Flowerpots, Flowerpots Bitter
Bronze: Sambrook’s Wandle Ale

Best Bitters
Gold: Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Silver: Red Willow, Directionless Joint
Bronze: Purity, Mad Goose
Bronze: Langton, Inclined plain bitter

Golden Ales
Gold: Oakham, Citra
Silver: Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop
Bronze: Salopian, Hop Twister

Strong Bitters
Gold: Church End, Fallen Angel
Silver: Blue Monkey, Ape Ale
Bronze: Loch Ness, HoppyNESS

Speciality Beers
Gold: Saltaire, Triple Chocoholic
Silver: Offbeat, Way Out Wheat
Bronze: Peak Ales, Chatsworth Gold

Champion Winter Beer of Britain
(from category winners announced in January 2014)
Cairngorm, Black Gold (Stouts Category)
Dunham Massey, Dunham Porter (Porter Category)
Exe Valley, Winter Glow (Old Ales & Strong Milds)
Kinver, Over the Edge (Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales)

Champion Bottled Beer of Britain
(sponsored by Beer Hawk)
Gold: Marble, Chocolate Marble
Silver: St Austell, Proper Job
Bronze: Spire, Prince Igor Imperial Russian Stout
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