Williams wins twice at JS

02 May, 2008

Scottish brewer Williams Brothers is the only producer to have two ales chosen for a beer festival listing in the first Sainsbury's Beer Competition.

The brewer's Good Times Ale and Harvest Sun both made it through after a panel of industry experts sampled 118 entries from 52 brewers.

The beers are two of a line-up of 16 that will each be given a guaranteed order of 40,000 bottles and a place in the Sainsbury's Drinks Festival, which runs from Aug 14 to Sept 16.

The two beers which achieve the best rate of sale in the festival promotion will be rewarded with a permanent listing.

Sainsbury's buyer Chris Craig said: "If a few more sell particularly well we'd be pretty daft not to give them a listing


Other beers chosen for the festival line-include Old Tom with Ginger from Stockport brewer Frederic Robinson, Honey Spice Wheat from Cornish brewer Sharp's, and Holden's Golden Glow from the Black Country.

Suffolk is well-represented with three brews: Greene King Sun Dance, St Peter's Amarillo, and Red Rat Brewery's Crazy Dog Stout.

The other selected beers are: Bath Ales Barnstormer; Ridgeway Brewery's Beer of the Goods - brewed under licence for US craft brewer High & Mighty; Cairngorm Trade Winds; Dr Okells IPA; Arundel Prize Fighter; Hampshire Brewery's Arthur Pendragon SA; Copper Dragon Scots 1816 and Highgate Old Ale.

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