Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker won at GBBF

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been named Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival.

The West Yorkshire-brewed real ale fought off competition from finalists in seven beer categories to be crowned Supreme Champion at the Campaign for Real Ale Festival, which opened in London today and runs until 16 August.

The beverage was described as a “well-balanced, genuine Yorkshire Bitter, with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma”.

Speaking about the accolade, Timothy Taylor 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.”

Oakham’s Citra scooped silver, while the bronze award went to Salopian Brewery’s Darwin’s Origin.

Society of Independent Brewers managing director Mike Benner added:  “To be named Champion Beer of Britain is a tremendous achievement and Timothy Taylor is to be heartily congratulated. That the title continues to be awarded to SIBA brewers is testament to the craft, quality and innovation that are evident in beers produced by our members.”

Category winners:
Gold – Bank Top, Dark Mild
Silver – Branscombe Vale, Mild
Bronze – Castle Rock, Black Gold
Gold – Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker
Silver – Mighty Oak, Captain Bob
Joint Bronze – Flowerpots, Flowerpots Bitter & Sambrook’s Wandle Ale
Best Bitters:
Gold – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Silver – Red Willow, Directionless
Joint Bronze – Purity, Mad Goose & Langton, Inclined plain bitter
Golden Ales:
Gold – Oakham, Citra
Silver – Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop
Bronze – Salopian, Hop Twister
Strong Bitters:
Gold – Church End, Fallen Angel
Silver – Blue Monkey, Ape Ale
Bronze –Loch Ness, Hoppyness
Speciality Beers:
Gold – Saltaire, Triple Chocoholic
Silver – Offbeat, Way Out Wheat
Bronze – Peak Ales, Chatsworth Gold