Maxim Swedish Blonde and American Pride miss out in Great British Beer Hunt

Maxim Brewery Swedish Blonde pump clipA tasty blonde from County Durham has missed out on national exposure after losing out to a stunner from Lincolnshire.

Maxim Brewery’s Swedish Blonde and American Pride were among the 12 finalists in Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt 2013 which vied for a place on the shelves of 300 of the supermarket’s stores.

But, after judging by a panel of experts including beer sommelier Sophie Atherton, author Pete Brown and British Guild of Beer Writers secretary Adrian Tierney-Jones, the pair both lost out to Batemans Brewery’s B Bock.

“2013 has been a record year for the Great British Beer Hunt with over 150 beers entering the competition and more Sainsbury’s customers than ever before buying premium bottled beers in-store,” said Jack Rutherford, Sainsbury’s beer buyer.

“The past six months have been incredibly exciting with customers and beer experts alike playing a huge part in the search for some of Britain’s finest beers.”

Thwaites Brewery, in Blackburn, took second spot in the final – which was held in the OXO Tower in London – with their Crafty Dan now also set to be available in 150 supermarkets from November 3.

The 4.2% Swedish Blonde was named after Maxim saleswoman Anna Goransdotter-Bell, who was born in Västerås, a town between Gothenburg and Stockholm

The beer is very light in colour and uses cascade and first gold hops to give hoppy and grapefruit flavours.