Top 13 CAMRA winter beers 2014By Lauren Eads
As the 2014 CAMRA Winter Beer Competition draws to a close we round up this year’s winning beers from barley wines and stouts to old ales and porters.
Every year a panel of beer writers, members of the licensed trade and members from the Campaign for Real Ales (CAMRA) gather to crown CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain.
This year the accolade went to Dunham Porter – brewed by Dunham Massey Brewery in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.
The winning beer was described by judges as a classic old-style English porter; creamy, full-bodied and packed with flavour, and is the second porter to have won the overall Champion Winter Beer of Britain.
On its win John Costello, Dunham Massey owner, said: “We are a relatively new brewery who love making traditional styles like porters, milds and stouts, and I thought our porter would do well but I can’t believe we’ve won overall Champion – I’m over the moon. The CAMRA [Champion Winter Beer of Britain] awards mean everything to us. It’s the highest accolade a dark beer can earn.”
Scroll through to see the rest of this year’s winners and their categories.
Gold – Dunham Porter, Dunham Massey – Greater Manchester
Silver – Black Gold – Cairngorm – Highlands, Scotland
Bronze – Winter Glow – Exe Valley – Devon
Gold – Kinver Brewery – Over the Edge (Staffordshire)
Silver – Moor – Old Freddy Walker (Somerset)
Bronze (Joint): Green Jack – Ripple Tripel (Suffolk) and Highland – Orkney Porter (Orkney)
Old Ale/Strong Milds
Gold – Exe Valley – Winter Glow (Devon)
Silver – Beowulf – Dark Raven (Staffordshire)
Bronze – Grainstore – Rutland Beast (Rutland)
Gold – Cairngorm – Black Gold (Highlands, Scotland)
Silver – Ascot Ales – Anastasia’s Exile Stout (Surrey)
Bronze – Marble – Stouter Stout (Greater Manchester)
Gold – Dunham Massey – Dunham Porter (Greater Manchester)
Silver – Ayr Brewery – Rabbie’s Porter (Ayrshire)
Bronze – Bateman’s – Salem Porter (Lincolnshire)