West Yorkshire “Boltmaker” beer crowned best in Britain

The winning ale was chosen at the Great British Beer Festival in London

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Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker was crowned the best beer in the country at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The Keighley brewed real ale was judged to be the finest ahead of a host of other finalists across seven different beer categories.

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The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) competition involved bitters, ales, milds and more from small microbrewers and large regional brewers.

Timothy Taylor’s head brewer Peter Eells said: “I’m speechless. We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew – so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic.”

This year’s silver medal went to Oakham Citra, from Peterborough, while the bronze award went to Salopian, Darwin’s Origin from Shropshire.

Just as an aside, I am sure there will be many brewers in that finest of counties (Lancashire) who will have something to say about this choice!

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