Golden Pints 2014

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I have imbibed some most excellent and desirable beer during 2014. The quality of beer available to me from both licenced traders and amateur alchemists has been encouraging and extremely tasty.  Despite quality, taste and aroma, my faculties may let me down while attempting to recall even the most impressive of beers. To those forgotten heroes I say, you enhanced a moment in my life and for that I grant all breweries a hearty “cheers!”.  Where I have chosen more than one, I have cheated and have no backbone. So, without further ado…..

Best UK Cask Beer
Hawkshead Windermere Pale Ale
Rat Brewery White Rat

Best UK Keg Beer
Magic Rock Human Cannonball

Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
A close run thing, between:
Brewdog Dead Pony Pale Ale
Wiper and True Quintet IPA

Best Overseas Draught
Anchor Porter

Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Orval (bottle)
Flying Dog Easy IPA (can)

Best collaboration brew
Magic Rock Lervig Aktiebryggeri Farmhouse IPA

Best Overall Beer
Magic Rock Human Cannonball

Best Branding, Pumpclip or Label
Outlaw Brew Co.

Best UK Brewery
Magic Rock Brew Co.

Best Overseas Brewery
Orval
Jever

Best New Brewery Opening 2014
Indy Man Brew Co.

Pub/Bar of the Year
North Bar, Leeds
Friends of Ham, Leeds

Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2014
Cap & Collar, Saltaire

Best beer and food pairing
Tool Mine is Bigger than Yours Barley Wine + Mince Pie(s)

Beer Festival of the Year
Indy Man Beer Con.

Supermarket of the Year
Waitrose

Independent Retailer of the Year
Beer Ritz, Leeds

Online Retailer of the Year
Southwold Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Store

Best Beer Book or Magazine
Designing Great Beers – Ray Daniels

Best Beer Blog or Website
Joint honours to:
The Beer Cast
Port 66

Best Beer App
Craft Beer London

Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer
@boakandbailey

Best Brewery Website
Burning Sky Artisan Brewers & Blenders

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