Britain's 'best beer' revealed at 2014 Great British Beer Festival
Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker was crowned the overall winner
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
West Yorkshire’s classic bitter, Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker, has been crowned the best beer in Britain.
The beer was judged as the best out of finalists from seven different beer categories including bitters, best bitters, strong bitters, golden ales, milds, winter beers, and the speciality class.
The beers were judged as part of by the Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra) Great British Beer Festival, which runs until 16 August in London.
Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker beat beers from microbrewers and large regional companies to win the accolade.
Oakham beer came a close second, followed by Salopian in the overall winner's category.
Chocolate Marble took gold in the champion bottled beer of Britain winners, while Bank Top’s Dark Mild came top of the mild category.
Timothy Taylor's head brewer Peter Eells said: "We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew, so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic."
Managing director Charles Dent added: "We're absolutely delighted. It's our favourite, it's the brewers favourite, it's the beer that you drink if you're drinking with us and it's named after one of our favourites pubs - The Boltmakers."
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