A recent blog (here) describes how I had the pleasure of taking part in the judging of the Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Competition, the results of which would determine which beers were to be stocked by Sainsbury’s over the coming year.
The winners have now been announced. As I took part in the North of England Beer Hunt, and I can comment on the results, I’ll show those first.
North of England Beer Hunt Winners
Bateman’s Mocha – no surprise there, I absolutely loved this beer.
JW Lees Manchester Star Ale – big surprise here, I really didn’t like this one. Strong at 7.3%, I found it thick and overly sweet.
Wold Top Scarborough Fair IPA – I didn’t get to taste this one so I can’t comment.
Beartown Wojtek – I didn’t judge this one, but did get a taste of it afterwards in the ‘Meet the Brewer’ room. I only had a small taste, but it was very good. A worthy winner.
The results from the rest of the country were as follows:
Midlands Beer Hunt Winners
Castle Rock Screech Owl
Elgood Indian Summer
Blue Monkey 99 Red Baboons
Scotland Beer Hunt Winners
Traditional Scottish Ales Double Espresso Premio Caffe Birra
Williams Bros. Prodigal Sun
Cairngorm White Lady
Harviestoun Wild Hop Gold
South West Beer Hunt Winners
Yeovil Posh IPA
Brains Willy Nilly
South East Beer Hunt Winners
Wolf Atom Splitter
Wolf Poppy Ale
Ridgeway Bad Elf – reviewed here
Nethergate Lemon Head
Congratulations to all the winners. All these beers will be available in Sainsbury’s stores from 12th September. I for one will be trying to get a bottle of each one!
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