Siren Craft Brew Broken Dream named Champion Beer of Britain

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Unexpected: Siren founder Darron Anley (middle) said the brewery didn't expect the accolade
Unexpected: Siren founder Darron Anley (middle) said the brewery didn't expect the accolade
Broken Dream has been named the best beer in Britain at the 2018 Great British Beer Festival (GBBF).

The beer, a 6.5% ABV coffee porter brewed by Siren Craft Brew in Berkshire saw off competition from Mordue Brewery and Green Jack Brewery to take home the coveted prize of Supreme Champion Beer of Britain.

Siren Brewery captivated judges for the second time this year, having taken home silver in this year’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival Winter back in February.

The final decision was made after a year of local tasting panels and regional heats in which the very best beers across the UK were invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival. Final judging for the competition was held as the festival opened its doors to the public on 7 August.

'A great feeling'

Accepting the award, Darron Anley the brewery’s founder said: “It feels amazing to be honest. Cask is really important to us and I absolutely love it. Broken Dream is a great expression of that.”

“It’s not something we expected at all. We didn’t fully understand how the categories work so to be called up at the last minute like that is a great feeling.”

“It’s going to be a bit tricky for us to meet demand in the middle of the summer. We don’t currently have any plans to brew it until September.”

'Dangerously drinkable'

Nick Boley, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) national director responsible for the competition, says: "Congratulations to Siren Brewery for taking home the Champion Beer of Britain award with their Broken Dream Breakfast Stout - the highest beer accolade in the country. This is a distinctive, strong, well-balanced stout from an outstanding craft brewery. If there is any beer in the world that is dangerously drinkable, it’s this one!”

The silver winner this year went to Suffolk-based Green Jack’s Ripper (8.5% ABV), a strong barley wine, while the bronze award was taken by Tyne & Wear-based Mordue for their Workie Ticket (4.5% ABV). 

All finalists across each category will be available to sample at the Great British Beer Festival taking place at London's Olympia this week, at which more than 50,000 people will have the chance to sample over a thousand different beers, ciders, perries, wines and gins under one roof.  

The full results for Champion Beer of Britain were as follows:

Champion Beer of Britain 2018 - overall winners

 

Accolade

Beer

 

Gold

Siren Craft’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout

 

Silver

Green Jack’s Ripper

 

Bronze

Mordue’s Workie Ticket

Champion Beer of Britain 2018 - category winners

Category

Accolade

Beer

Mild

Gold

Greene King’s XX Mild

 

Silver

Rhymney’s Dark

 

Bronze

East London Brewery’s Orchid

Bitter

Gold

Orkney’s Red MacGregor

 

Silver

Mighty Oak’s Captain Bob

 

Joint Bronze

Bank Top’s Flat Cap

 

Acorn’s Barnsley Bitter

Best Bitter

Gold

Mordue’s Workie Ticket

 

Silver

Bishop Nick’s 1555

 

Joint Bronze

St Austell’s Tribute

 

Salopian’s Darwin’s Origin

Golden Ale

Gold

Salopian’s Oracle

 

Silver

Salopian’s Hop Twister

 

Joint Bronze

Abbeydale’s Moonshine

 

Windsor + Eaton’s Knight of the Garter

Strong Bitter

Gold

Fuller’s Dark Star’s Revelation

 

Silver

Bay’s Devon Dumpling

 

Bronze

Kinver’s Half Centurion

Speciality

Gold

Colchester’s Brazilian Coffee and Vanilla Porter

 

Silver

Cromarty’s Red Rocker

 

Bronze

Derventio’s Cleopatra

Champion Beer of Britain 2018 winners

Porter

Gold

Red Cat’s Mr M’s Porter

Stout

Gold

Siren Craft’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout

Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales

Gold

Green Jack’s Ripper

Old Ales & Strong Milds

Gold

Tintagel’s Excalibur

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