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Mighty Oak brewery’s Oscar Wilde has been crowned the ‘Best Beer’ in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Complete List of winners: Overall winners Champion Beer of Britain – Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde (3.7% ABV, Maldon, Essex) Second – Marble, Chocolate (5.5% ABV, Manchester, Gtr Manchester) Third – Salopian, Shropshire Gold (3.8%ABV, Shrewsbury, Shropshire) Mild category Gold- Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde (3.7% ABV, Maldon, Essex) Silver- Rudgate, Ruby Mild (4.4% ABV, York, North Yorkshire) Bronze- Coastal, Merry Maidens (4% ABV, Redruth, Cornwall) Bitter category Gold- Salopian, Shropshire Gold (3.8%ABV, Shrewsbury, Shropshire) Silver- Teignworthy, Reel Ale (4% ABV, Newton Abbot, Devon) Joint Bronze- Triple fff, Alton’s Pride (3.8% ABV, Alton, [...]

Cask, Keg, Can, Bottle – who cares?

Does it matter how the beer you drink is served? Surely the method of dispense be it from the cask, keg, can or bottle shouldn’t determine if a beer tastes good, should it? It has to be the contents rather than the packaging, doesn’t it? Memories of drinking from cans comes from parties in my formative years, where the state you arrived in determined which can you’d open – cider or lager – & you were in no fit state to pass any sort of judgement on the quality of the contents. I can’t actually remember the last time I had [...]

‘From zero to hero’ new report confirms cask ale’s renaissance

400,000 new drinkers in 2008 Volume growth in a declining overall beer market Distribution in 3,000 new pubs last year More breweries trading than at any time in the past 60 years That these statistics can be used to describe cask ale will come as a surprise to anyone who witnessed the category’s near-demise around five years ago and confirm its journey from ‘zero to hero’, as published today in The Cask Report – Britain’s National Drink. Pete Brown, the report’s author, said, “Turnaround stories don’t get much better than cask beer’s. In a shrinking on-trade beer market, cask is the only category to [...]