Champion beer crowned as National Winter Ales Festival begins in Norwich

Norwich Beer Festival 2015.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Beer Festival 2015. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Champion Winter Beer of Britain has been revealed at the National Winter Ale Festival as Moor Brewery's Old Freddy Walker.

The Bristol 7.3pc Old Ale was crowned Champion at The National Winter Ales Festival, which has come to the city for the first time in its 20 year history, organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Festival Organiser, Rob Whitmore said: 'Old Freddy Walker is a very worthy winner of one of CAMRA's highest accolades. Our judges in Norwich were impressed with the quality in each category.

'We can all raise a glass to the great team of volunteers, brewers and judges here in Norwich, as well as the Fringe Festival host publicans, for launching the 2017 National Beer Festival in style.'

This year's runner up went to Sulwath's Black Galloway, while Dark Arts by Magic Rock took home the Bronze award.


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Ian Stamp, Chairman of Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA added: 'We are delighted local brewers received awards in their own categories, with Green Jack's Ripper Tripel winning a silver and Adnams Old Ale winning a joint bronze.'

Local brewers Adnams and Green Jack received awards with Green Jack receiving a silver award in the Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales category for their Ripper Tripel and Adnams secured a joint bronze award in the Strong Milds and Old Ales category with their Old Ale.

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The CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) runs until February 25 at the St Andrew's and Blackfriars' medieval friary halls in Norwich – the home of the Norwich CAMRA Beer Festival.

The winter festival will run in Norwich for three consecutive years and offers a range of winter ales, as well as golden ales more usually associated with a summer festival, ciders and foreign beers.

There is a range of hot and cold food, including a hog roast, offered daily with live entertainment at The Halls from Thursday evening until Saturday.

Further details can be found atnwaf.org.uk

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