|08 January 2007 at 09:16|
|The small Staffordshire-based Beowulf Brewery has won the Gold Medal and Champion Beer for the West Midlands for 2006, with their Finn’s Hall Porter. In winning this CAMRA award, Beowulf Brewery have seen off competition from over 300 different beers brewed by 67 other breweries from across the Midlands – including those from large established operations. To win this accolade is no mean feat for a brewery that only started brewing in Yardley, Birmingham back in 1997, and still only brews 360 gallons of beer each week today; supplying pubs around Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.Before moving to its current home at the Chasewater Country Park in 2003, Beowulf Brewery was the last operational brewery in the city of Birmingham.
Porter is an uncommon style of beer, whose name derives from the Porters who worked on the likes of Smithfield and Covent Garden markets in the Nineteenth Century – they enjoyed the drink. However, this award is indicative of the revival of this traditional beer style, as more and more brewers each year take up brewing the distinctive Porter beers.
Beowulf brewer and owner, Phil Bennett, describes the 4.7% strength Finn’s Hall Porter as: “a dark, inviting, smoky and hoppy beer, that isn’t too sweet to the taste.”
Finn’s Hall Porter won the Bronze Medal in the 2005 competition, and Mark Haslam from West Midlands CAMRA adds:
“Beowulf Brewery may be relatively small, but it has a national reputation for brewing exceptional quality dark beers. This major ward is much deserved, and I suspect will not be their last.”
Silver and Bronze Medals in the competition both went to Herefordshire breweries: Hereford Pale Ale from Stoke lacy-based Wye Valley Brewery won the Silver Medal, and Mutleys Revenge from Hereford-based Spinning Dog Brewery took the Bronze Medal.