Campaign for Real Ale

Champion Beer of Britain round at our beer festival

Friday 6 May 2016

Last weekend at the start of the 22nd Reading Beer and Cider Festival, a group of six dedicated drinkers were painstakingly comparing five of our region’s best porters. Their mission to choose a representative to go forward to the national Champion Beer of Britain final.

Porters are a dark style of beer developed in London back in the 18th Century. They are made with firm roasted brown malt with a good balance of hops, giving them a fine aroma and a long finish. The judges assessed each in turn, scoring them for appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste. The judging panel was made up of three publicans, one brewer and two local members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. It is CAMRA that organises the Champion Beer of Britain competition and sponsorship the Reading Beer and Cider Festival.

“It turned out to be a very difficult decision”, said Brian Jones, who had organised the judging. “The top two were very close and the judges took ages before they reached their final decision”.

In the end, Vibrant Forest, a small microbrewery located on the edge of Lymington, took the first place with their Black Forest Porter. The runner-up was Bottle Wreck Porter from Hammerpot Brewery in Arundel. The Black Forest Porter will therefore represent the London and South East region of CAMRA in the finals at the Great British Beer Festival held from the 9th to 13th August in London’s Olympia. Bottle Wreck Porter will be the first reserve.