Chiltern Bodger's

Bodger’s Barley Wine (8,5% ABV) was star of the show for The Chiltern Brewery at this year’s Great Taste Awards, scooping a three gold star award.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste, the coveted food and drink awards have once again showered stars on The Chiltern Brewery. Bodger’s Barley Wine was one of only five other beers to be awarded the highest three gold stars and has now been nominated for The Golden Fork Awards, with the potential to become supreme champion.

300’s Dark Old Ale (5%) and Lord Lieutenant’s Porter (6)% were each awarded one gold star, with fantastic feedback from the judging panel.

Not only does every one of the brewery’s bottled beers currently hold a Great Taste Award, but they have won a total of 31 stars since 2011.

There were 12,366 entries to the awards this year, and of these only 165 were awarded three stars and only 50 go forward into The Golden Fork Awards.

Comments such as “slightly pear-droppy aromas on the nose are followed by a rich, honeyed, brandy-like flavour, with hints of sweetness and warming spice” and “extraordinary resinous hoppy notes” resulted in such a high award for Bodger’s Barley Wine.

Tom Jenkinson, owner and head brewer at The Chiltern Brewery, said: “This is amazing — we are so honoured to have won stars for our beers every year since entering.

“This not only demonstrates the consistency and quality of our beers, but is a huge testament to the passion and experience of our brewery team. We are absolutely delighted and keeping our fingers crossed for The Golden Forks.”

The new awards follow a week of celebration for the brewery after it was voted central Chilterns champion in The Chilterns Society Craft Beer Awards, with its bottled John Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale being its highest rated beer. John Hampden’s was also given a five-star verdict in Gluten Free Heaven Magazine, out of six gluten -free beers, and was voted editor’s choice.