North East breweries were left empty handed as Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker was crowned Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival.
Despite a string of Siba awards earlier in the year for Newcastle’s Tyne Bank and Wylam, Northumberland’s Anarchy and Allendale, and North Shields Mordue, no brew from the region made the top three list for any of Camra’s top ale prizes.
But while there was disappointment for the North East, there was delight for West Yorkshire, with Tim Taylors head brewer Peter Eells rendered near speechless by the accolade.
“We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew,” he said. “So to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic.”
The Champion Beer of Britain was selected after over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats, with the finals taking place at the Great British Beer Festival at London’s Olympia.
Boltmaker was judged the supreme champion ahead of the winners of seven different beer categories – for bitters, best bitters, strong bitters, golden ales, milds, winter beers, and the speciality class – including beers from both small microbrewers and large regional brewers.
This year’s silver went to Oakham Citra, from Peterborough, whilst the bronze award went to Shrewsbury’s Salopian brewery and its Darwin’s Origin.
“It is fantastic to announce Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker as the Champion Beer of Britain 2014,” Nik Antona, champion beer of britain director, said.
“This full flavoured bitter is a modern classic that is as impressive today as the day it was first brewed. ”
The full Camra Great British Beer Festival Champion Beer Of Britain winners list
Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker
Silver – Oakham, Citra
Bronze – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Gold – Bank Top, Dark Mild
Silver – Branscombe Vale, Mild
Bronze – Castle Rock, Black Gold
Bitters category Gold – Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker
Silver – Mighty Oak, Captain Bob
Joint Bronze – Flowerpots, Flowerpots Bitter & Sambrook’s Wandle Ale
Gold – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Silver – Red Willow, Directionless
Joint Bronze – Purity, Mad Goose & Langton, Inclined plain bitter
Gold – Oakham, Citra
Silver – Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop
Bronze – Salopian, Hop Twister
Gold – Church End, Fallen Angel
Silver – Blue Monkey, Ape Ale
Bronze –Loch Ness, HoppyNESS
Gold – Saltaire, Triple Chocoholic
Silver – Offbeat, Way Out Wheat
Bronze – Peak Ales, Chatsworth Gold
Champion Winter Beer of Britain (from category winners announced in January 2014)
Cairngorm, Black Gold (Stouts Category)
Dunham Massey, Dunham Porter (Porter Category)
Exe Valley, Winter Glow (Old Ales & Strong Milds)
Kinver, Over the Edge (Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales)
Champion Bottled Beer of Britain winners (Sponsored by Beer Hawk)
Gold – Marble, Chocolate Marble
Silver – St Austell, Proper Job
Bronze – Spire, Prince Igor Imperial Russian Stout