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Golden success for beer winner

Just Regional
Sep 23, 2016 3 mins read

A local brewer made the most of a golden opportunity at Aylsham Show this year to come top in a public tasting competition.
Bullards, from Norwich, was chosen as the winner in the 2017 Showstoppers contest, where visitors to the show chose their favourite tipple from six ales in a blind tasting.
The beer tasting was a sell-out success, with organiser Paul Corfield and his hard-working team filling more than 3,500 cups from the top six beers.
“There was a hardly a drop of locally-brewed beer left when we finished,” he said. The competition raised £300 for show funds.
The winner was Bullards Number 4 from the Bullard’s Brewery, which is based at Bracondale. It polled a total of 119 votes to stay ahead of the runner-up, last year’s winner Panther Brewery, of Reepham, with 102 votes for its Golden panther. The Norfolk Brewhouse MoonGazer Ruby and Yetmans Red took joint third place.
The trophy was handed over to Bullards account manager Olly Best at Blickling Hall by show president Simon Evans. Also attending were Phil Garnham from sponsors Fengrain, Paul Corfield, vice president John Wooton and Clare Buxton, who heads up the food side of the show.
Olly described the winning beer as “super light”. Its distinctive taste came from using the best American hop varieties and an American yeast strain.
“We were very pleased to have won,” he said. “It’s nice to be picking up these kind of awards against other great Norfolk competition.”
Bullards was a big name in Norwich brewing from the 1800s but was closed down in the 1980s. Olly said the brand had only been relaunched two years ago after the long absence in a link up with the Redwell brewery.
He said they were now working on a new mild and a pale ale.
Sponsor Phil said his grain storage business has been delighted to support the competition and he looked forward to next year.
“I even picked out Number 4 as winner when I did my tasting at the show,” he said.
Second placed Panther, of Reepham, makes use of traditional techniques to brew what they term as “a range of sleek, modern and full flavour real ales”.
The Norfolk Brewhouse is based at a family farm in North Norfolk, use chalk-filtered water from the brewery’s own well to hand craft beers.
Yetmans, run by former restaurateur Peter Yetman in a 200-year-old barn near Holt overlooking barley fields and livestock, has beers which have found their way onto the shelves in Waitrose.

Sponsor Phil Garnham of Fengrain with Bullards representative Olly Best

Sponsor Phil Garnham of Fengrain with Bullards representative Olly Best

The prize!

The prize!

Left to right: Clare Buxton, Paul Corfield, John Wootton, Phil Garnham, Simon Evans and Olly Best.

Left to right: Clare Buxton, Paul Corfield, John Wootton, Phil Garnham, Simon Evans and Olly Best.

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