Beer, cider & perry awards

Hertfordshire Beer of the Year

A record number of breweries took part in the 2016 competition. The tasting panel judged 17 different beers ranging from hoppy pale ales through to rich porters.

The judging panel was made up of members of Hertfordshire branches who collectively awarded Pope’s Yard Club Hammer Stout the overall winner, with beers from Tring, The 3 Brewers of St Albans and Red Squirrel coming close runners up.

  1. Pope’s Yard Club Hammer Stout 5.5%
  2. Tring Pale Four 4.6%
  3. The 3 Brewers of St Albans IPA 4.6%
  4. Red Squirrel Mad Squirrel APA 4.7%

Past winners include:

  • 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 2016 competition, with Fyne Ales Jarl coming out top!

Festival Organiser, Phil Defriez, said: “It’s great to have what we call our ‘champion of champion’ beers competition where we judge award winning beers from around the country plus a selection of beers from local breweries.”

  1. Fyne Ales Jarl 3.8%
  2. Greene King XX Mild 3.0%
  3. Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA 6.0%

Past winners include:

  • 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, the 2016 cider of the festival goes to Williams Dry Cider and the 2016 perry of the festival goes to Oliver’s Perry for the second consecutive year.