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8th August 2017

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Great Taste Awards Success 2017

We are glittering with stardom from this year’s Great Taste Awards where star of the show Bodger’s Barley Wine 8.5% vol has scooped a 3 Star Great Taste Award … please read on

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste, the world’s most coveted and prestigious food and drink awards have once again showered stars on our beers at The Chiltern Brewery.  Bodger’s Barley Wine was one of only 5 other beers to be awarded the highest 3 Star Great Taste Award and has now been nominated for The Golden Fork Awards with the potential to become Supreme Champion. This is also the second time that this beer has been awarded 3 stars, the first time was with The Beer Awards in 2016. We are so delighted.

Our 300’s Dark Old Ale 5.0% and Lord-Lieutenant’s Porter 6.0% were each awarded 1 Great Taste Award, with fantastic feedback from the judging panel. Not only does every single one of our bottled beers currently hold a Great Taste Award, but we have won a total of 26 Great Taste Awards since 2011 – an amazing testament to the quality of brewing and the dedication of our excellent team.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence by consumers and judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, this is a true badge of honour and mark of distinction for any artisan product. There were 12,366 entries this year and of these only 165 were awarded 3 stars and only the top 50 go forward into The Golden Fork Awards.

Comments such as, “Slightly pear-droppy aromas on the nose are followed by a rich, honeyed, brandy-like flavour, with hints of sweetness and warming spice” and “Extraordinary resinous hoppy notes”, resulted in such a high award for Bodger’s Barley Wine.

“This is amazing, we are so honoured to have won awards for our beers every year since entering” says Tom Jenkinson, “This not only demonstrates the consistency and quality of our beers but is a huge testament to the passion and experience of our brewery team – we are absolutely delighted and will keep the Bodger’s on ice for The Golden Forks.”

This immediately follows an amazing week of celebration for us at the brewery where we were voted ‘Central Chilterns Champion’ in The Chiltern Society Craft Beer Awards with ourbottled John Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale being their highest rated beer. John Hampden’s was also given a 5* verdict in Gluten Free Heaven Magazine, the only one out of 6 gluten free beers, and was voted ‘Editor’s Choice’.