Last year Crouch Vale “Brewers Gold” took top honours, winning Champion Beer of Britain at the 2005 Great British Beer Festival, held at Olympia, London. This year – they have done it again! At the 2006 Great British Beer Festival they have again won Champion Beer of Britain – same beer, same top award, same great malt.
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold beer was awarded the prestigious “Champion Beer of Britain” accolade at this year’s event, the highest prize awarded by the judges at the show, having taken the gold award in the “Golden Ales” category. Brewers Gold beer is brewed from the finest Muntons crushed lager malt at the Essex based Crouch Vale Brewery. The brewery was founded in 1981 and remains entirely independent selling a staggering 660,000 pints per annum – about 50% being Brewers Gold Beer.
Brewers Gold is a 4% abv (alcohol by volume), and is described in the CAMRA good beer guide as “a honey-toned golden ale with grapefruit sharpness offset by suggestions of melon and pineapple.”
Colin Bocking, who runs the Essex based Crouch Vale Brewery with his wife Fiona said “This is the biggest accolade in the business. It is recognition from the people who actually drink the stuff that they like it, and it is very important to me.”
But this is not the end of the story – our malt is also used by the Cairngorm Brewery in their Trade Winds beer which won a gold medal in the Specialty beers section along with the Wolf Brewery who took the bronze medal with their Straw Dog beer. Elgoods Brewery won gold with Cambridge Bitter in the “Bitters” category and The Grainstore Brewery took a bronze award in the Mild ale category with Rutland Panther. All of these award-winning beers are made from Muntons malts.