Driftwood brewery’s Alfie’s Revenge has been crowned the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2012 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester.
The St Agnes outfit’s brew took the Gold gong at the festival, which kicked off yesterday (January 18th) at Manchester’s Sheridan Suite.
The 6.5% ABV old ale is described in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2012 as a “strong and fruity, well-balanced premium ale”.
Nik Antona, the CAMRA director, praised the outstanding quality of the champion.
“The beer is well-balanced, highly drinkable, and certainly belies its strength. A worthy winner, I congratulate this thriving Cornish brewer on their success today,” he said.
“It makes a big difference to us, and will put our brewery on the map, as well as Cornish breweries in general, as there are a lot of good brewers in the county. As a brewpub, we hope the impact on our business will be significant,” he said.
Also in the Overall awards, Silver went to Cairngorm brewery’s Black Gold, whilst the Bronze medal went to Coniston brewery’s No 9 Barley Wine.
A panel of beer writers, members of the licensed trade and CAMRA members judged the competition at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester.
Drinkers at the National Winter Ales Festival will now be able to sample the winning brews, as well as a formidable selection of beers from over 100 breweries, including a range of ciders and perries.
Reigning supreme at the Winter Ales Festival today, Driftwood’s Alfie’s Revenge, as well as the Overall finalists, will now enter into the final of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London, in August (7th-11th).
Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2012 – Winners List:
Old Ales and Strong Milds category
Joint Silver- Nant, Mwnci Nell (Llanrwst, Conwy)
Joint Silver- Brunswick, Black Sabbath (Derby, Derbyshire)
Bronze- Beowulf, Dark Raven (Brownhills, Staffordshire) Porters category
Gold- Hammerpot, Bottle Wreck Porter (Poling, West Sussex)
Silver- Blythe, Johnson’s (Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire)
Bronze- Sulwath, Black Galloway (Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway)
Gold- Cairngorm, Black Gold (Aviemore, Highlands)
Silver- Cambridge Moonshine, Black Hole Stout (Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire)
Bronze- Acorn, Gorlovka (Wombwell, South Yorkshire)
Barley Wines category
Gold- Coniston, No 9 Barley Wine (Coniston, Cumbria)
Silver- Moor, Old Freddy Walker (Pitney, Somerset)
Bronze- Isle of Skye, Cuillin Beast (Uig, Isle of Skye)
Gold- Driftwood, Alfie’s Revenge (St Agnes, Cornwall)
Silver- Cairngorm, Black Gold (Aviemore, Highlands)
Bronze- Coniston, No 9 Barley Wine (Coniston, Cumbria)