El­land 1872 Porter claims CAMRA prize

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Luke Marino

The “hugely popular” El­land 1872 Porter scooped CAMRA’s pres­ti­gious Supreme Cham­pion Win­ter Beer, a third award in three years. El­land Brew­ery chose to cel­e­brate their na­tional tri­umph at the Junc­tion pub in Castle­ford.

CAMRA of­fi­cials, headed by Nik An­tona, Cham­pion Win­ter Beer of Bri­tain Direc­tor, gath­ered with en­thu­si­as­tic beer lovers and lo­cals at the pub last Thurs­day to raise a glass to the achieve­ment.

El­land Brew­ery Manager Mike His­cock said: “It’s ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous to win the Cham­pion Win­ter Beer of Bri­tain, though we cer­tainly weren’t ex­pect­ing this, it’s amaz­ing to get the hat trick and win this award for the third time.

“We know it’s in­de­pen­dently judged so for it to keep com­ing out on top is tes­ta­ment to the depth of flavour and com­plex­ity that we get into the beer.”

The win­ning 6.5% ABV beer is de­scribed in CAMRA’s 2015 Good Beer Guide as a ‘creamy, full-flavoured porter with rich liquorice flavours and a hint of choco­late from the roasted malt. A soft but sat­is­fy­ing af­ter taste of bit­ter­sweat roast and malt’.

Mr An­tona added: “El­land 1872 is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of what a tra­di­tional porter should taste like and has been hugely popular for many years, par­tic­u­larly it seems with com­pe­ti­tion judges, who have named it Cham­pion Win­ter Beer of Bri­tain twice and over­all Cham­pion Top; Head brewer Michael Wyn­ny­czuk, Neil Mid­g­ley, Mau­reen Shaw, Chair­man El­land Brew­ery, Dickie Bird and Mike His­cock pose with the win­ning cer­tifi­cate. Above; David Lit­ten pulls a pint of El­land 1872 Beer of Bri­tain once in the last three years.”

Mike re­vealed they chose to host the event at the Junc­tion, who also boast the CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year, be­cause of its con­tin­ued sup­port of the Brew­ery.

Land­lady Mau­reen Shaw said: “Neil (Land­lord) and I are both de­lighted and most hon­oured that El­land Brew­ery asked us to host such a pres­ti­gious na­tional CAMRA event.”

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