Brewer’s Gold from Crouch Vale was named the Champion Beer at this year’s Great British Beer Festival. Grainstore's Rutland Panther was awarded second place and Woodforde's Wherry Bitter came third. Brewer’s Gold was also named as champion Golden Ale, the first time the category has been included at the festival. Roger Protz, one of the finalist judges and editor of the Good Beer Guide said: "It is great to see a golden ale win this award. Golden ale is a rapidly growing style of beer and one that will appeal to younger drinkers and women as well as real ale aficionados. It’s a wonderfully refreshing beer – the ideal antidote to lager!" Olly Graham, general manager of Crouch Vale said, "We have been in the final of the this competition for a few year’s now but to have gone one step further this year and be voted the best beer in Britain makes me very proud. I would like to thank everybody at the brewery for all of their hard work. They have all played their part in making Brewer’s Gold the best beer in the land."