A RUSSIAN imperial stout, a golden ale and a hoppy IPA have been named as CAMRA’s top three bottled beers.
The announcement came on the opening day of the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham.
Thornbridge’s Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout (7.4 per cent ABV) won the top honour. It’s a rich and full-bodied stout with black treacle and dark notes. It has a robust, bitter finish that gives it a great balance and is the perfect brew to pair with a fruity cake.
Thornbridge brewery co-founder and owner Simon Webster said: “We’re delighted to have won the gold award in the CAMRA Bottled Beer of Britain competition with our much-loved Russian imperial stout St Petersburg. Having first bottled it back in 2005, we’re thrilled this beer has held its own in a very competitive market and is tasting as fantastic today as it was almost 15 years ago.”
Runners up include two beers from the same brewery. St Austell’s Proper Job (5.5 per cent ABV) came in second, while Big Job (7.2 per cent ABV) placed third.
Proper Job is no stranger to CAMRA competitions, having won awards for being “a quaffable, fruity golden ale, whose drinkability belies its strength”. Its fruitiness makes it moreish, but the bitterness provides a balance to the malty sweetness.
CAMRA national director Gary Timmins said: “Congratulations to Thornbridge and St Austell for brewing some fantastic beers. This was a tough competition and it was hard for the judges to whittle down to the final three. It’s fantastic to be able to make the announcement at the BBC Good Food Show – the epitome of all things good in the food and drink industry.”
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