The event was held at Bristol-based Moor Beer Company last week (Friday 12 May) and presentations were also made to other breweries recognised in the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition including London Brewing Company, Grainstore Brewery and Tavy Ales.
Moor Beer Company’s Old Freddy Walker beer was crowned Campion Winter Beer of Britain at CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival in Norwich earlier this year (February).
Strong ale with a rich flavour
The 7.5% ABV ale impressed the judges with its balance of flavours, and was described as a ‘strong ale with a rich flavour, perfectly balanced between chocolate, honey dark roasts and a hint of liquorice’.
The beer company’s Justin Hawke, who was recently appointed vice-chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers, lauded the opportunity for the winning brewers and CAMRA members to join together for the awards presentation.
He said: “We are still super excited about the win and really pleased that we continue to lead the way with our modern real ale, which is down to the hard work and dedication of everyone at Moor.”
The tradition of real ale
CAMRA south-west regional director Gareth MacDonald said: “Moor Beer Company is an excellent example of a 21st -century brewery that has not forgotten the roots and tradition of real ale and all of its values.”
Moor Beer Company’s ‘micro-canned’ beer became the first winner of CAMRA’s real-ale accreditation in September.
CAMRA hailed the brew as real ale following rigorous testing on the beer at last year’s Great British Beer Festival where it qualified as real ale under CAMRA’s definition.