A HAWKSHEAD Brewery beer was voted overall champion at the Brewers’ Society Northern Beer Competition held in Manchester.
Hawkshead Brewery’s Windermere Pale won the gold medal in the bitter pale ales category and a second gold for being judged overall champion of the competition.
Some 250 beers from 80 breweries were entered into the competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
The North region is the largest of the seven SIBA regions of Britain.
The beers are judged in one of eight categories, the bitter category being the biggest.
Category winners then go forward to a national competition of winners of all seven regions.
Windermere Pale at 3.5% abv is hoppy and refreshing, pale gold in colour with a long bitter finish with hints of grapefruit.
The fruity hop flavours come from a medley of traditional and modern hops.
Managing director of Hawkshead Brewery Alex Brodie said: “Windermere Pale is a very popular beer, it has a lot of fans.
“It has become the best selling beer in The Beer Hall at the Brewery.
“It is one of those beers that is winning converts to real ale.”
THOUSANDS of punters flocked to Cartmel Races for the course’s biggest meeting of the year, spread over three days.
The traditional Bank Holiday Monday event attracted a crowd of 16,000 to watch the seven races.
Jonathan Garratt, Cartmel Racecourse managing director, said the bookies did not fare too badly.
“I think it has been mixed; they have had some favourites going in but I’m sure they have had ups and downs.”
Punters successfully backed legendary racer Tony McCoy, who appeared on Monday.
Yesterday, too, proved a rare highlight for racegoers as three Cheltenham Festival horses went on parade for Veterans Day.
Chief Dan George, who is trained just a mile from Cartmel by Jimmy Moffatt, was joined by Mister McGoldrick and Hussard Collonges.
“We have had a lot of people who are on half-term holiday but it’s also the day when racing enthusiasts from all over the country come and have their day at Cartmel because the course is slightly less overcrowded,” said Mr Garratt.
Meanwhile, a racing steward became the first person to join an exclusive Cartmel ‘club’.
Officiating at Saturday’s races signalled a landmark for Colin Vickers — it meant he had visited every racecourse in Britain.
Cartmel Racecourse chairman Lord Cavendish presented Mr Vickers with a souvenir badge, which coincided with the launch of an I’ve Saved The Best Until Last club.
Anyone completing a visit to all Britain’s racecourses with a trip to Cartmel will now receive one of the specially-commissioned badges.
Mr Garratt said: “When I came here I was amazed how many people said they had been to every other racecourse before they tasted the unique delights of Cartmel.
“I realised that they were saving the best until last.”