Elland Brewery’s 1872 Porter crowned Champion Beer of Britain by Camra

A Calderdale beer brewed from an 1872 recipe has been crowned best in Britain.

Elland Brewery’s 1872 Porter beat a host of other beers to win the accolade from the Campaign for Real Ale.

Elland Brewery's 1872 Porter

Elland Brewery's 1872 Porter

The real ale was judged the supreme champion out of finalists in seven categories, including bitters, golden ales and milds.

Colin Valentine, chairman of Camra, speaking at the Great British Beer Festival in London, said: “It was a really tough decision but Elland 1872 Porter is a fantastic beer and a well deserved winner.

“A 6.5% ABV, rich and strongly flavoured porter with flavours of coffee and dark chocolate, this result makes it two years in a row that our champion winter beer has gone on to win the Champion Beer of Britain competition.”

Michael Wynnyczuk, head brewer at Elland, said: “It’s a great beer but after we won the Winter Ales competition you wonder about it in the summer competition, as people may prefer different styles of beer in warmer weather.

“But we know it’s a great beer and we’re really proud to be crowned Champion Beer of Britain.”

The silver award went to Buntingford (Hertfordshire), and the bronze to Fyne Ales (Argyll).