Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout has once again been crowned champion bottled beer of Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Harvey's stout

The 9% ABV Imperial Extra Double Stout was described by judges as “one of the best we’ve ever had”. It was a previous winner of the competition in 2015.

Miles Janner, head brewer at Harvey’s, said: “We are all thrilled to learn of this award. The beer is an authentic recreation of a classic style that was popular in the early 19th century, when Harvey’s commenced trading. It has received many accolades since we first brewed it in 1999.

“For it to take the championship twice, in the space of seven years, speaks volumes for this uncompromising strong stout.”

Runners-up in the competition were Hobson’s Dhustone Stout (4.3% ABV) and Runaway IPA (5.5% ABV) which took home joint silver awards.

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Laura Emson, of CAMRA’s national executive, said: “The Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition is a national celebration of bottle-conditioned beer, and is the culmination of hard work by local brewery teams from across the country, and CAMRA members who select and judge the beers regionally.

“It is fantastic to be able to run this competition once again post-pandemic, and a great reminder that, despite the difficulties over the last few years, the beer industry remains strong and thriving.

“Bottled beer has enjoyed a renaissance due to the constraints of pub going during lockdown, so this is a particularly well-deserved achievement for our winner Havey’s, as well as our finalists Hobson’s Dhustone Stout and Runaway IPA, who have made this such a brilliant competition.”

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