Yorkshire prides itself on its beer making and now a brew from the region has been crowned as the best in Great Britain.
Keighley brewer Timothy Taylor received the special accolade for its Boltmaker real ale at the Great British Beer Festival in London. Boltmaker was judged to be the Supreme Champion of the Olympia festival after beating other finalist from seven different beer categories.
The beers were broken down into bitters, best bitters, strong bitters, golden ales, milds, winter beers and the specialty class. It saw large regional brewers go head-to-head with small microbrewers, which have been emerging in recent years as drinking ale becomes more and more popular.
Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker was described by CAMRA's champion beer of Britain director Nik Antona, as being a "modern classic that is as impressive today as the day it was first brewed". The company's sales director Grant Simpson and managing director Charles Dent were presented with the award by real ale enthusiast and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.
Peter Eells, Timothy Taylor's head brewer, said: "I’m speechless. We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew – so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic.”
While the Boltmaker took the top prize, the Silver award was handed to Oakham Citra, an American Pale Ale beer brewed in Peterborough. A bitter beer called Salopian, produced by Darwin's Origin in Shrewsbury, claimed the Bronze award.
Real ale and craft beer has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years with one of the biggest success stories by Scottish company BrewDog. Since launching in Aberdeenshire in 2007, it has now spread all over the world, opening over 20 bars in locations in the UK, Sweden, Brazil, Japan and Italy with a host more in the pipeline.