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
|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
|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
|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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