Admiral's Ale from St Austell in Cornwall scooped the prize of winning beer 2008 at the IBC awards ceremony in London, held in association with O LN.
Judge Jeff Evans said: " Admiral's Ale
was the clear favourite .
in terms of balance, drinkability and wonderful, fresh flavours. "
Judges also loved the "fun and informative" packaging with its
modern Nelson cartoon and details about the beer.
Evans said: "The bottled beer market has never been better. Standards
have risen dramatically during the 12 years that the IBC has been running .
"Judges were particularly impressed this year by the advances made by British brewers, who have closed the gap with counterparts in countries such as Belgium and the USA
pages 33-36 for the winners in full.