Bath Ales and Hambleton Ales have scooped the top prize in this year's Sainsbury’s Beer Competition, giving them a six-month listing with the supermarket.
The 4.4% abv Golden Hare from Bath Ales, Bristol, and the 4.5% abv Taylor’s Tipple from Hambleton Ales, North Yorkshire, sold the fastest in more than 400 stores across the country for a three-week period during August and September.
The 2009 Sainsbury’s Beer Competition, now in its second year, attracted 115 entries from 57 brewers. Preliminary judging was held in April and the 115 beers were whittled down to 15. Each of the 15 finalists received a guaranteed order of 40,000 bottles from the supermarket.
This marks the second win for Bath Ales, which won last year's competition with Barnstormer. Roger Jones, managing director of Bath Ales, said: “It staggered us to win again. It's a tough contest and to be recognised by the buying public again is tremendous.”
Hambleton Ales' Nick Stafford said: “This is truly fantastic. I only entered one beer into the competition and to progress past the preliminary judging was an achievement in itself. To be named as the winner by the public is an amazing feeling.”