Champion Beer of Britain 2017

The winner of CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain has just been announced. Goats Milk, brewed by Church End Brewery, has taken the top gong at the Great British Beer Festival. The Warwickshire brewery, originally located in an old coffin shop, has won on the opening day of the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London.

Goat’s Milk by Church End scooped gold in the competition thanks to its blend of pale barley, crystal malt oats and aromatic hops.

The award comes after almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats resulting in the best beers from across the UK being invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival.

Final judging for the competition was held at the beer festival which opened its doors to the public on 8 August and will see more than 50,000 people visit to sample from more than 900 beers, ciders, perries and fine wines – including the chance to try the nation’s best beer.

Bishop Nick from Essex took silver with Ridley’s Rite, a pale ale with a floral aroma and satisfying bitterness, while Welsh brewery Tiny Rebel – former Champion Beer of Britain winner – won bronze with Cwtch, a red ale with a blend of six caramelly malts and three citrussy American hops.

Nick Boley, CAMRA’s National Director responsible for the competition said: “Congratulations to Church End for winning the Champion Beer of Britain award for Goat’s Milk, which is the highest beer accolade in the country. Goat’s Milk is a stand out beer – it has a lovely balance of malts and hops and a full flavour. It is a very fine example of a bitter and incredibly refreshing.”

Paul Hamblett, sales manager from Church End says: “Goat’s Milk is our biggest selling beer – it’s a nicely balanced beer with a hoppy edge. We originally brewed and named it for a festival taking place in the Goat pub, and the beer just caught on. It’s the first time we’ve won the competition, and we expect it to put us on the map.”

Champion Beer of Britain results
Overall winners
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Church End Goats Milk B6 Warwickshire
Silver Bishop Nick Ridley’s Rite B11 Essex
Bronze Tiny Rebel Cwtch B14 Wales
Mild
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Rudgate Ruby Mild B7 Yorkshire
Silver West Berkshire Maggs Magnificent Mild B5 Berkshire
Bronze Winter’s Mild B7 East Anglia
Bitter
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Church End Goats Milk B6 Warwickshire
Silver Bishop Nick Ridley’s Rite B11 Essex
Bronze Triple fff Alton’s Pride B2 Hampshire
Sambrook’s Wandle Ale B22 London
Best Bitter
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Tiny Rebel Cwtch B14 Wales
Silver Blackedge Pike B22 Greater Manchester
Bronze Surrey Hills Shere Drop B4 Surrey
West Berkshire Good Old Boy B5 Berkshire
Golden Ale
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Blue Monkey Infinity B10 Nottingham
Silver Fyne Ales Jarl B5 Argyll
Bronze Oakham Citra B5 Peterborough
Ludlow Gold B10 Shropshire
Strong Bitter
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Greytrees Afghan Pale Ale B2 Wales
Silver Barngates Red Bull Terrier B17 Cumbria
Bronze Salopian Automaton B10 Shrewsbury
Speciality
Brewery Beer Find it at Region
Gold Saltaire Triple Chocoholic B18 Yorkshire
Silver Blackedge Black Port Porter B22 Greater Manchester
Silver Cromarty Red Rocker B12 Scottish Highlands
Champion Winter Beer of Britain Winners Find it at Region
Gold Old Ales/Strong Milds Grainstore – Rutland Beast B10 East Midlands
Silver Porters Sulwath – Black Galloway B11 Kirkcudbrightshire
Silver Stouts Magic Rock – Dark Arts B18 Yorkshire
Bronze Barley wines/Strong Old Ales Moor – Old Freddy Walker B2 Bristol

 

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