Best bottled beer is revealed

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FULLER’S 1845 has been crowned the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain in CAMRA’s prestigious annual award, recognising the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country.

The 6.3 per cent strong ale was described by judges as rich and fruity, matured to perfection and easy drinking.

Runners up include Temptation Imperial by Durham Brewery which took home Silver, and Big Job by St Austell which won Bronze.

Fuller’s head brewer, Georgina Young, said: ‘This beer was the brainchild of our former head brewer, the great Reg Drury, to celebrate 150 years of brewing at Fuller’s – so I’m delighted that it is still as popular as ever 23 years later. It was also the beer that caused amber malt to be reintroduced to British brewing – a malt that is now widely used in a large number of beers.

‘Winning the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award is a real honour.’

The announcement took place at the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC, following a series of local member voting rounds and regional judging competitions.

Gillian Hough of CAMRA’s national executive, said: ‘The Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition is a national celebration of bottle-conditioned real ale, and is the culmination of hard work by local brewery teams from across the country, and CAMRA members who select and judge the beers regionally.

‘Congratulations to Fuller’s, Durham Brewery, St Austell, and all of our finalists, who have made it such a brilliant competition.’