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Siren's Darron Anley: the wonder of a heavy stout winning in such warm summer weather

Beers for all seasons come up big at GBBF

What was medal worthy in winter has come good again in summer. This year’s Champion Beer of Britain and Silver medallist winners also scooped up the top two places in CAMRA’s Winter Festival.

But there was a reversal in ranking. This year’s Champion, Siren Craft Brew’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout, garnered the silver medal in the winter judging while the Silver medal winner, Suffolk-based Green Jack’s Ripper, was proclaimed CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

Broken Dream Breakfast Stout (6.5% abv) was described by the judging panel as having deep, complex blend of chocolate and coffee notes with a touch of smoke.

Berkshire-based Siren started brewing in 2013, with its first beer a 9% abv strong ale that was transferred into eight different oak barrels for a year’s ageing. It is no stranger to awards, having been voted best new brewery in England and second best brewery in the world by in 2014.

As you’d expect, Siren Craft Brew founder Darron Anley was “absolutely delighted” with the Champion Beer accolade.

 “What a huge achievement that the Champion Beer of Britain is a heavy stout with coffee and lactose flavours in the midst of such warm summer weather! Broken Dream Breakfast Stout is one of our core beers and one of the first beers we ever brewed.”

Green Jack’s Ripper is an (8.5% abv strong barley wine described by the judges as “both dangerously smooth and yet well-hopped.”

Bronze was taken by Tyne & Wear-based Mordue for its Workie Ticket (4.5% abv), a bitter boasting plenty of malt and hops and a long, satisfying, bitter finish.

Salopian Brewing also had a rather splendid day at the GBBF. The Shropshire-based brewer came away with three medals, one of each hue: Gold and Silver in the Golden Ale category for Oracle and Hop Twister respectively along with Bronze in the Best Bitters contest for Darwin’s Origin.

The category winners and their brewers announced at today’s GBBF trade session are as follows:

Gold – XX Mild, Greene King
Silver – Dark, Rhymney Brewery
Bronze – Orchid, East London Brewery

Gold – Red MacGregor, Orkney Brewery
Silver – Captain Bob, Mighty Oak Brewing Co
Joint Bronze – Flat Cap, Bank Top Brewery; and Barnsley Bitter, Acorn Brewery

Best Bitter
Gold – Workie Ticket, Mordue Brewery
Silver – 1555, Bishop Nick’s
Joint bronze – Tribute, St Austell’s; and Darwin’s Origin, Salopian Brewing

Golden Ale
Gold – Oracle, Salopian Brewing
Silver – Hop Twister, Salopian Brewing
Joint Bronze – Moonshine, Abbeydale Brewery; and Knight of the Garter, Windsor & Eton Brewing

Strong Bitter
Gold – Revelation, Dark Star Brewing (Fuller’s)
Silver – Devon Dumpling, Bays Brewery
Bronze – Half Centurion, Kinver Brewery

Gold – Brazilian Coffee and Vanilla Porter, Colchester Brewery Ltd
Silver – Red Rocket, Cromarty Brewing Co
Bronze – Cleopatra, Derventio Brewery Ltd

Larry Nelson
7th August 2018

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