Beer, cider & perry awards

Hertfordshire Beer of the Year

The breweries from Hertfordshire have once again put forward a great selection of beers from their regular range. The tasting panel judged 12 different beers from these breweries ranging from hoppy pale ales through to rich stouts.

The judging panel was made up of members of Hertfordshire branches who collectively awarded Tring Pale Four the overall winner, with beers from New River and Buntingford coming close runners up.

  1. Tring Pale Four 4.6%
  2. New River Twin Spring 4.0%
  3. Buntingford Polar Star 4.4%

Past winners include:

  • 2016 Pope’s Yard Club Hammer Stout 5.5%
  • 2015 Bishop’s Stortford Citra
  • 2014 Alecra High Five
  • 2013 Tring Tea Kettle Stout
  • 2012 Red Squirrel London Porter
  • 2011 Red Squirrel London Porter
  • 2010 Buntingford Royston Red
  • 2009 Tring Colley’s Dog
  • 2008 Tring Colley’s Dog

Beer of the Festival

A selection of local Hertfordshire beers and champion winning beers from around the country took part in this year’s St Albans Beer of the Festival 2017 competition, with Mad Squirrel Hopfest coming out top!

Festival Organiser, John Bishop, said: “It’s really great to have another Hertfordshire beer win this prestigious award. Hopfest is a modern, fully hopped golden ale which is as refreshing as it is tasty which drinks way above its gravity. Congratulations to Mad Squirrel on winning this award.”

  1. Mad Squirrel Hopfest 3.8%
  2. Elland 1872 Porter 6.5%
  3. Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde Mild 3.7%

Past winners include:

  • 2016 Fyne Ales Jarl 3.8%
  • 2015 Oakham Green Devil
  • 2014 Elland 1872 Porter
  • 2013 Oakham Green Devil
  • 2012 Oakham Dreamcatcher
  • 2011 Oakham Dreamcatcher
  • 2010 Dark Star American Pale Ale
  • 2009 Oakham Attila
  • 2008 Tring Colley’s Dog
  • 2007 Grand Union One Hop
  • 2006 Potbelly Beijing Black
  • 2005 Crouch Vale Brewer’s Gold
  • 2004 Red Lion Chardonnale
  • 2003 No award given
  • 2002 Glastonbury Mystery Tor
  • 2001 Rooster’s Yankee
  • 2000 Newby Wyke White Squall
  • 1999 Newby Wyke White Squall
  • 1998 Oakham JHB
  • 1997 Swale Indian Summer Pale Ale

Cider & Perry of the Festival

As voted by attendees of the festival.

Past winners include:

  • 2016 Williams Dry Cider & Oliver’s Perry
  • 2015 Oliver’s Perry