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West Suffolk & Borders branch of The Campaign for Real Ale has today announced the winning beers at its popular real ale and cider festival held earlier this month. On line voting closed a week ago with many of the festivals four thousand visitors selecting their favourite tipple from the one hundred and eighty beers on offer. Twenty brewers shared the awards and accolades but local East Anglian brewers lead the field.

Local winners Ingham based ‘Brewshed’, owned by local entrepreneur and licensee Dave Marjoram, scooped two major prizes including ‘Gold’ in the Strong Bitter category with their ‘Saturn V’ brew (commemorating this years lunar landing anniversary). Brewery Manager, Andrew Copping said “this is great news for us and a real honour that we should have been chosen by local beer drinkers to receive this accolade given the stiff competition at the festival from brewers the length and breadth of the land”. Brewshed beers are always available throughout the year at the brewery’s town centre pubs, The One Bull and The Beerhouse and other local outlets. Other regional brewers receiving recognition included Three Blind Mice (Ely) collecting a ‘Brewer of the Festival’ award, Milton Brewery (Cambridge), Cabin and Briarbank Breweries (Ipswich) and Humpty Dumpty (Reedham, Norfolk).

Leading East Anglian maltsters, Bury St Edmunds based Paul’s Malt, sponsored the competition; their Craft Maltster, Lawrence Plant was delighted by the results. It fabulous news that so many brewers from our region, which supports such a great barley growing, malting and brewing heritage, should be so widely recognised he said. Lawrence went on to point out “the awards are a real testimony to these brewers skills, not just in how they craft their beers, but most importantly because these awards are the result of beer drinkers votes and therefore they represent the ultimate seal of approval” Martin Bate, CAMRA’s local Festival Organiser endorsed this view saying “this was the largest festival we have ever staged and we have had nothing but positive comments with festival goers enjoying our new mix of beer, cider, food, music and entertainment”.