Wednesday, 26 April 2017

2017 CAMRA Norfolk Beer Awards

The Norfolk Beer Awards, hosted by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), recognises and celebrates the achievements of local and national breweries. 

The event started last year with over 100 guests and proved so popular it moved, in 2017, to a larger venue at Epic Studios in Norwich, with The Beer of the Festival Awards from the 39th Norwich Beer Festival plus the unveiling of the prestigious Norfolk Beer of the Year awards. 

Ian Stamp, Chairman of Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA, comments: ‘This event is Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA's version of the Oscars and the Golden Globes all rolled into one and a chance to celebrate the best of local and national ales.’

The awards for the Champion Beer of Norfolk were issued by Alan Edwards, chair of CAMRA Norfolk Tasting Panel, and the winners were:

Overall winners of the Champion Beer of Norfolk 2017:

Best Norfolk Cask Ales: Gold (Joint) – Fat Cat Brewery, IPA
Gold (Joint) – Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Broadland Sunrise; Bronze – Grain Brewery, Slate

Best Norfolk Bottled Ales: Gold – Poppyland Brewery, Tragic Empress; Silver – Poppyland Brewery, East Coast IPA; Bronze – Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Russian Imperial Stout

Category Gold Winners:

Mild – Winters Brewery, Mild
Best Bitter – Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Broadland Sunrise
Strong Bitter – Fat Cat Brewery, IPA
Golden Ale – Lacons Brewery, Affinity
Stout – Elmtree Brewery, Dark Horse Stout
Porter - Grain Brewery, Slate
Bottled Mild, Brown & Old Ale – Woodfordes Brewery, Norfolk Nog 
Bottled Bitter – Elmtree Brewery, Snetterton Scary Tree 
Bottled Strong Bitter – Poppyland Brewery, East Coast IPA 
Bottled Golden Ale – Woodfordes Brewery, Bure Gold
Bottled Speciality – Elmtree Brewery, Winter Solstice
Bottled Stout & Porter – Poppyland Brewery, Tragic Empress
Bottled Unique Category – Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Russian Imperial Stout
Bottled Barley Wine – Woodfordes Brewery, Headcracker 

A full list of Norfolk Beer Of The Year category winners can be seen here.

The winners of the 2016 Norwich Beer Festival 'Beers Of The Festival' voting were also invited to receive their awards.

The awards for the favourite beers, ciders and perries are voted each year by the drinkers at the festival and were announced during the October festival. 

Overall winners of the 39th Norwich Beer Festival 'Beer Of The Festival' awards:

1st Elmtree Beers Nightlight Mild
2nd Brass Castle Bad Kitty
3rd Golden Triangle Mosaic City

The winner of the Cider Category was Spinny Abbey’s Monk & Disorderly, and the Perry winner was Watergull Orchard’s Medium Pear Perry. 

A full list of 'Beer Of The Festival' category winners can be seen here.