Chantry Brewery’s porter, Two Magpies, has been crowned the Champion Beer of Yorkshire 2018 after winning a blind tasting competition organised as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Rotherham Real Ale & Music Festival.
The Parkgate Brewery performed well in a number of categories, with New York Pale (3.9%) and Two Magpies (4.5%) winning the Bitter and Porter categories respectively, while Special Reserve (6.3%) and Diamond Black (4.5%) were awarded silver in the strong bitter and stout categories.
The tasting panel saw more than 150 different beers brewed from across the region entered into the competition including the previous 24 winners of the event.
First launched in 2016 as a one off special, Two Magpies Porter, the recipe has been carefully refined and redeveloped, resulting in a beer which packed with flavour from first sip to last. It has strong chocolate and coffee notes, topped with a creamy head.
Mick Warburton, co-director of Chantry Brewery said: “The beer tasting competition held at the Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival is unusual because it brings together beers which are currently being produced by almost every brewery in Yorkshire. There were some great beers on offer this year and I feel very humbled that our beers performed so well during the blind tasting. Since winning the competition we’ve noticed the demand for the porter has been incredibly high and we are planning to launch a limited edition bottled version of the beer.”
Two Magpies Porter is currently available in the Cutlers Arms and New York Tavern in Rotherham, as well as selected pubs throughout South Yorkshire.