There’s no greater feeling than being the best you can possibly be. Just ask Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Well, now you can add Elland 1872 Port to that list – the newly crowned Best Beer in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London.
The West Yorkshire brewed real ale was judged the Supreme Champion over a host of other finalists in seven different beer categories (Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters, Golden Ales, Milds, Winter Beers, and the Speciality class), including beers from both small microbrewers and large regional brewers.
Colin Valentine, Chair of the competition and CAMRA Chairman, spoke in praise of today’s winner: “It was a really tough decision but Elland 1872 Porter is a fantastic beer and a well deserved winner. A 6.5% abv, rich and strongly flavoured porter with flavours of coffee and dark chocolate, this result makes it two years in a row that our Champion Winter Beer has gone on to win the Champion Beer of Britain competition.”
Michael Wynnyczuk, Head Brewer at Elland, was quite naturally delighted: “I’m utterly shocked. It’s a great beer but after we won the Winter Ales competition you wonder about it in the summer GBBF competition, as people may prefer different styles of beer in warmer weather. But we know it’s a great beer and we’re really proud to be crowned Champion Beer of Britain.”
With Coniston Brewery No.9 barley Wine securing the Gold award for 2012, this year’s Silver went to Buntingford Twitchell, whilst the Bronze award went Fyne Ales Jarl.
Gold – Elland – 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire)
Silver – Buntingford – Twitchell (Hertfordshire)
Bronze – Fyne Ales – Jarl (Argyll)
Gold – Great Orme – Welsh Black (Conwy)
Silver – Cotswold Spring – Old Sodbury Mild (Gloucestershire)
Bronze – Fernandes – Malt Shovel Mild (West Yorkshire)