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Elland’s 1872 Porter once again named ‘Champion Beer of Britain’ 

Elland Brewery’s 1872 Porter has been named as the Champion Beer of Britain in what marks the beer’s fifth year securing the title.

The 6.5% ABV ruby black porter, which has been noted for its chocolate and caramelised fruit flavours with hints of black toffee aromas, was revealed at this year’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), following rigorous competition judging. 

Speaking about the 1872 Porter achieving the win, Elland brewer Rob Thomas said: “It is absolutely unbelievable to win this accolade, we really didn’t expect it. For a team of three people to win the supreme award is fantastic. There is a real passion for more traditional styles – and for a very good reason, they taste fantastic. The beer is steeped in history with the recipe dating back more than 150 years. We thrive on these sorts of styles and this is testament to what people enjoy drinking: steeped in history, tradition while embracing innovation.”

Thomas explained: “Since lockdown, we have faced many challenges and difficult times and this is testament to our small team and our unwavering loyalty to succeed. We passionately believe in our products and people do get excited to try everything we make, we are incredibly proud to take home the crown.” 

Laura Emson, CAMRA’s National Director responsible for the competition, added: “As ever, it was a highly competitive final, with the judges having a difficult decision to make. Congratulations to all the finalists – it really shows the wide range and amazing cask beers which are available for all to enjoy. Huge thanks to all the competitors for taking part and to the judges who had a tough decision to make! It is a real honour to be part of this competition and to see how much hard work, professionalism and dedication goes into producing the best of the best.” 

Judging for the Champion Beer of Britain took place over almost a year from individual nominations at the outset, to local and regional competitions taking place, ahead of a day of intensive judging at GBBF.  

Runners up were Silver prize winner Abbot (5% ABV) from Greene King Brewer and Bronze winner Darwin’s Origin (4.3% ABV) from Salopian Brewery.

GBBF visitors will be able to sample this year’s newly crowned champion, along with the silver and bronze winners’ beer, which will be on sale at the festival, marked by rosettes and special pump clips.  

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