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.”
MORE than 10,000 people flocked to Crooklands at the weekend to celebrate quality local produce.
Country Fest — organised by Westmorland Agricultural Society — showcased the finest food and drink the area has to offer.
Independent food and drink producers and suppliers, who give the region its culinary reputation, tempted the senses at the County Showfield and gave visitors an insight into where their food comes from.
The family event also included a pets’ corner, ‘meet the farmer’, sheep shearing demonstrations, music and dance, a ‘grow your own’ area, crafts, beer festival, trade stands and dog shows.
Sheep dog trials were a new addition this year and The Westmorland Gazette hosted a wedding fair.
Richard and Barbara Mathews, from Kendal, were impressed with the range of items on sale and stocked up on locally-produced pies.
“We have such a wide variety of food here,” said Mr Mathews.
“We have got a lot of farmers who are extending what they do into other products and we like to support them.”
Tommy Brady, also from Lancaster, said: “The amount of food that is available is amazing. There are umpteen different types of sausage and pies — you want to buy it all.”
Christine Knipe, chief executive of Westmorland Agricultural Society, said: “The sunshine did bring people out on the Sunday and it was very busy.
"The feedback was positive.”
3:34pm Wednesday 6th April 2011
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