Champion Winter Beer of Britain

Elland 1872 Porter named ‘Champion Winter Beer of Britain’ for second time in three years


Elland 1872 Porter has today been crowned CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2015 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby, which begins today (February 11th) at the city’s Roundhouse venue.

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 bittersweet roast and malt.”

Mike Hiscock, Elland Brewery Manager, had this to say on the win:

“It’s absolutely fabulous to win the Champion Winter Beer of Britain, though we certainly weren’t expecting this, it is amazing to get the hat trick and win this award for the third time. We know it is 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. This really is fantastic news.”

The Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition judges the best of the best in terms of classic winter warmers – from thick, rich, dark porters and stouts, to sweet and strong Barley Wines.

A panel of beer writers, members of the licensed trade and CAMRA members judged the competition. Elland 1872 porter will now go forward to compete in the overall Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival this August. Nik Antona, Champion Winter Beer of Britain Director had this to say on the importance of the competition:

“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 Beer of Britain once in the last three years – a huge achievement.”

National Champion Winter Beer of Britain Winners

moonraker dark side of the moose DARK DRAKE

Overall Champion
Elland – 1872 Porter
Purple Moose – Darkside of the Moose
Dancing Duck – Dark Drake

Category Winners:
Barley Wine and Strong Old Ales
Gold:  Lees – Moonraker
Silver:  Orkney – Skullsplitter
Bronze:  Darwin – Extinction Ale

Old Ale/Strong Milds
Gold:  Purple Moose – Darkside of the Moose
Silver:  Ulverston – Fra diavolio
Bronze:  Castle Rock – Midnight Owl

Gold:  Dancing Duck – Dark Drake
Silver:  Plain Ales – Incognito
Bronze:  Highland – Sneeky Wee Orkney Stout

Gold:  Elland – 1872 Porter
Silver (joint):  Bath Ales – Festivities Fuller’s – London Porter
Bronze: Blakemere – Deep Dark Secret


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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