Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Champion Beer of Britain

Hampshire craft brewery takes the crown

Alton's Pride, a 3.8% abv bitter, won the coveted prize of Champion Beer of Britain on Tuesday 5 August. The beer is brewed by the Triple fff Brewery at Four Marks, near Alton, in Hampshire, positioned alongside the picturesque restored Watercress steam rail line.
The brewery was launched in 1997 by Graham Trott with a five-barrel plant. He upgraded to 18 barels within two years and last month unveiled a new 50-barrel brewhouse, where he brews twice a week.
The brewery's curious name comes from the musical term "fff", which means extra fortissimo or loud. Several of Graham's beers take their names from pop or rock songs, including Stairway to Heaven, Moondance and the amazing Pressed Rat & Warthog, an old Cream number.

Full results

Mild
Gold: Beckstones Black Dog Freddy (Cumbria)
Silver: Rudgate Ruby Mild (York)
Bronze: Rhymney Dark (Methyr Tydfil, Wales)

Bitter
Gold: Triple fff Alton's Pride (Hampshire)
Silver: Lees Bitter (Manchester)
Joint Bronze: Jarrow Rivet Catcher (Tyne & Wear) and Surrey Hills Ranmore Ale (Surrey)

Best Bitter
Gold: Skinner's Betty Stogs (Cornwall)
Silver: Highland Scapa Special (Orkney)
Joint Bronze (Cairngorm Nessies Monster Mash (Highlands) and Timothy Taylor Landlord (West Yorkshire)

Strong Bitter
Gold: Thornbridge Jaipur IPA (Derbyshire)
Silver: Fuller's ESB (London)
Bronze: Highland Orkney Blast (Orkney)

Golden Ale
Gold: Otley 01 (Glamorgan)
Silver: Loddon Ferryman's Gold (Oxfordshire)
Bronze: Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale (Cornwall)

Speciality Beer
Gold: Otley OGarden (Glamorgan)
Silver: Wentworth Bumble Beer (South Yorkshire)
Bronze: Nethergate Umbel Magna (Essex)

Bottle-conditioned beer
Gold: Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout (Herefordshire)
Silver: Fuller's 1845
Bronze: Wells & Young's Special London Ale (Bedford)

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