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Siren Brewery wins Champion Beer of Britain award

The Siren team at GBBF

Siren Brewery based in Berkshire has won the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Champion Beer of Britain award, one of the highest accolades in the beer industry.

Awarded on the opening day of the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London, Broken Dream Breakfast Stout (6.5% ABV) scooped gold thanks to its deep and complex blend of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke. The judges commented that it stood out for its aroma, taste and finish, all of which were superb.

Named after the Sirens of Greek mythology, Siren Brewery captivated judges for the second time this year, having taken home silver in this year’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival Winter back in February.

The final decision was made after a year of local tasting panels and regional heats in which the very best beers across the UK were invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival. Final judging for the competition was held as the festival opened its doors to the public on 7 August.

The silver winner this year went to Suffolk-based Green Jack’s Ripper (8.5% ABV), a strong barley wine that is both dangerously smooth and yet well-hopped, and winner of CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition earlier this year.

Bronze was taken by Tyne & Wear-based Mordue for their Workie Ticket (4.5% ABV). A complex and tasty bitter, this brew boasts plenty of malt and hops and a long, satisfying, bitter finish.

All finalists across each category will be available to sample at the Great British Beer Festival taking place this week, at which more than 50,000 people will have the chance to sample over a thousand different beers, ciders, perries, wines and gins under one roof.

Nick Boley, CAMRA’s National Director responsible for the competition says: “Congratulations to Siren Brewery for taking home the Champion Beer of Britain award with their Broken Dream Breakfast Stout – the highest beer accolade in the country. This is a distinctive, strong, well-balanced stout from an outstanding craft brewery. If there is any beer in the world that is dangerously drinkable, it’s this one!”

Siren Brewery founder Darron Anley said: “What a huge achievement that the Champion Beer of Britain is a heavy stout with coffee and lactose flavours in the midst of such warm summer weather! Broken Dream Breakfast Stout is one of our core beers and one of the first beers we ever brewed – we’re absolutely delighted.”

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Champion Beer of Britain 2018 – overall winners
Accolade Beer Find it at Region
Gold Siren Craft’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout Bar B17 Berkshire
Silver Green Jack’s Ripper Bar B7 Suffolk
Bronze Mordue’s Workie Ticket Bar B7 Tyne & Wear
Champion Beer of Britain 2018 – category winners
Category Accolade Beer Find it at Region
Mild Gold Greene King’s XX Mild Bar B3C Suffolk
Silver Rhymney’s Dark Bar B4 Gwent
Bronze East London Brewery’s Orchid Bar B6 Greater London
Bitter Gold Orkney’s Red MacGregor Bar B2 Northern Isles
Silver Mighty Oak’s Captain Bob Bar B18 Essex
Joint Bronze Bank Top’s Flat Cap

 

Acorn’s Barnsley Bitter

Bar B6

 

Bar B2

Greater Manchester

South Yorkshire

Best Bitter Gold Mordue’s Workie Ticket Bar B7 Tyne & Wear
Silver Bishop Nick’s 1555 Bar B18 Essex
Joint Bronze St Austell’s Tribute

 

Salopian’s Darwin’s Origin

Bar B16B

 

Bar B2

Cornwall

 

Shropshire

Golden Ale Gold Salopian’s Oracle Bar B2 Shropshire
Silver Salopian’s Hop Twister Bar B2 Shropshire
Joint Bronze Abbeydale’s Moonshine

 

Windsor + Eaton’s Knight of the Garter

Bar B2

 

Bar B17

South Yorkshire

 

Berkshire

Strong Bitter Gold Fuller’s Dark Star’s Revelation Bar B3A Greater London
Silver Bay’s Devon Dumpling Bar B11 Devon
Bronze Kinver’s Half Centurion Bar B7 Staffordshire
Speciality Gold Colchester’s Brazilian Coffee and Vanilla Porter Bar B18 Essex
Silver Cromarty’s Red Rocker Bar B4 Highlands & Western Isles
Bronze Derventio’s Cleopatra Bar B11 Derbyshire
Champion Beer of Britain 2018 winners
Porter Gold Red Cat’s Mr M’s Porter Bar B4 Hampshire
Stout Gold Siren Craft’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout Bar B17 Berkshire
Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales Gold Green Jack’s Ripper Bar B7 Suffolk
Old Ales & Strong Milds Gold Tintagel’s Excalibur Bar B17 Cornwall

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