Champion Winter Beer of Britain prize goes to Elland 1872 Porter

The Champion Winter Beer of Britain contest has just taken place in Derby, as part of the National Winter Ales Festival.

Contest judges recently announced that the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2015 in this Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) competition is Elland 1872 Porter, which marks the second occasion in the last three years that this brew has seized the title.

The beer is full of flavour, creamy, and has elements of licorice- and chocolate-like flavours, according to the CAMRA 2015 Good Beer Guide.

The contest is designed to assess top 'winter warmers' such as varieties of stouts and porters. It is overseen by a judging panel made up of licensed trade professionals, beer writers and members of CAMRA.

The silver award this time around went to Darkside of the Moose by Purple Moose and Bronze went to Dark Drake by Dancing Duck.
The 1872 Porter is now set to be one of the competitors in August's Champion Beer of Britain contest, which is part of the Great British Beer Festival.

"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," commented Elland Brewery manager, Mike Hiscock.

"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."

Director of Champion Winter Beer of Britain, Nik Antona, has deemed Elland 1872 "a fantastic example of what a traditional porter should taste like".

According to the Elland website, the brew is based on a recipe from 1972, which is presumably what gives it its name.

Perhaps more people in bar jobs will be serving up this porter in the wake of its recent win?