CAMRA announces its Champion Beer of Britain
A over T from Hogs Back Brewery, near Farnham, Surrey, has been crowned the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain in CAMRA’s prestigious award, recognising the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country.
A over T is a 9.0% rich, complex barley wine, and has been awarded the Gold Prize. Hogs Back brewery is a family-owned brewery in the village of Tongham, in the heart of the old Surrey hop-growing region and this is their only bottle conditioned beer.
Hogs Back’s owner and Managing Director Rupert Thompson said:
“We’re delighted that A over T, our ‘cask in a bottle’, is CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer this year. It’s very fitting that a strong ale wins the accolade after a year in which both brewers and pubs have had to call on our strength and resilience to get through. A over T’s loyal drinkers, including our friends from the local CAMRA branch, are always keen to try the newest vintage.”
According to the judging panel chair Cheryl Cade, A over T won due to its rich, complex taste, and a gentle bitterness that made it a very enjoyable beer to drink. It has a deep mahogany colour and a pleasant aroma of sherry. The judges were impressed by how well the alcohol had been balanced with a level of bitterness, and all agreed if they were asked to provide an example of a Barley Wine this beer matched every element.
Runners up were both Imperial Russian Stouts:
Durham’s Temptation took home Silver, and Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout won the Bronze.