Lacons Audit Ale has been named the Champion Winter Beer of Britain by CAMRA.
The announcement was made on the opening night of the winter edition of CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, which runs until Saturday, 23 February, at The Halls in Norwich.
The top three beers, which were also revealed simultaneously on Twitter, were Lacons Audit in first place, with the Porter from Calverleys Brewery in Cambridge in second place, and Old Engine Oil, a dark ale by Scotland’s Harviestoun Brewery taking bronze.
Audit Ale, the winning beer from Norfolk-based Lacons Brewery, is a limited release 8% Barley Wine. Lacons describe it as “a dark copper barley wine with flavours of berry fruit and spice. The finish is smooth and sweet. A unique style of beer.”
It is part of their heritage range, with archives showing it was previously enjoyed by a variety of Cambridge and Oxford University colleges to celebrate the end of their annual audits. It was also exported to the USA in champagne style bottles from 1937. The style has been brought up to date using the old recipe and modern brewing techniques.