Chesterfield-based Brampton Brewery, who enjoy Club 66 membership, are celebrating national success at the prestigious CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival, held in Derby.
Brampton Brewery won bronze medal for ‘Brampton Mild’ in the Old Ales & Strong Milds category – one of just four categories from which the ultimate National Champion Winter Ale is chosen.
Brampton Brewery's managing director & head brewer Chris Radford was understandably delighted with the award. He said: “This festival recognises the finest ales the UK has to offer in this growing sector of the market. To think that we produce beers that stand alongside some of the biggest, best and most respected beers in the whole country is quite humbling.”
Brampton Brewery’s achievement should not be underestimated - the UK can now boast over 1,400 breweries regularly producing in excess of 9,000 different real ales. A renaissance has occurred in recent years and particularly in the field of outstanding dark, malty, rich and roasted beers perfect for those colder months of the year.
Such huge variety means that it has never been a more difficult time to judge the best of these beers. Only a select number of real ales make it to the finals, falling into the following four categories: Old Ales/Strong Milds, Porters, Stouts and Barley Wines.
The original Brampton Brewery was in existence in Chesterfield for 130 years before ceasing trading in the 1950s. The brand was revived in the winter of 2007 when a team of local real ale enthusiasts began brewing at Chatsworth Business Park – just 200 yards from the original premises.