Friday, 7 August 2009

American stout wows the Brits

Beer from Cambridge
wins top GBBF prize

A dark beer from Cambridge, Massachusetts has won the American Cask Beer competition at the Great British Beer Festival in London. YouEnjoyMyStout is brewed by Will Meyers in Cambridge. It's 10.5% and is an Imperial Stout aged for two years in American bourbon whiskey barrels. The stout in full-bodied with notes of caramel, treacle and espresso coffee underscored by vanilla and tannins from the wood.
The beer was judged by an internation panel of beer experts.
The runner-up was Brooklyn Brewery's India Pale Ale while third place went to Stone Brewery's Levitation Ale.
The Bieres Sans Frontieres bar at the festival this year features a record 55 American cask-conditioned beers from breweries as diverse as Stone Brewery in California, Deschutes in Oregon and Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania.
The Bieres Sans Frontieres international bar features 300 beers from around the world, including Japan.


Anonymous Fatman said...

Is the GGBF morphing into a world beer festival? There were so many good British breweries unrepresented there yet room for 55 American ones - is this the right way round? I'd imagine the unrepresented brewers are feeling pretty hurtfully rejected.

7 August 2009 at 13:03  
Blogger Roger Protz said...

I was at the festival for four days and the space given to overseas brewers is tiny compared to the stands for British brewers. Not all local brewers take up the offer to appear at GBBF -- they're too busy meeting demand for their beers in their home areas.
I think we should be proud of the fact that we do give space to overseas brewers -- it doesn't happen at the Great American or the Oktoberfest. It proves the point that the beer revolution is an international not just a national one.

7 August 2009 at 19:59  
Anonymous Fatman said...

I welcome the overseas brewers and recognise that the GBBF needs to be at the cutting edge, world wide, to survive and prosper. My point is that many British brewers weren't invited to send beer (I personally know 3) and that lack of space is the oft' quoted reason. However, some breweries were represented by more than one beer and space was found for 55 cask beers from overseas.

Surely some structure ought to be introduced for the sake of fairness (for example a rolling selection covering all the breweries over 3 years)? Or do CAMRA continue along the fairly shady selection criteria?

Without a transparent selection criteria allegations of cronyism will always fester.

10 August 2009 at 12:40  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

We should always give preferance to British brewers. Then from abroad if there is space.

Its about time people stood up for Britain.

13 August 2009 at 07:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less foreign beer please.

14 September 2009 at 19:57  

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