Tally Ho! is the toast of Palmers Brewery after winning the title of champion beer in a Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) contest.
The beer won gold in the old ale and strong mild category of the Champion Beer of Britain for London and the South East competition 2010/11. This means that Tally Ho! has reached the finals for the Winter Champion Beer of Britain. If it wins its class there, it will be up for supreme Champion beer of Britain, held in London, the following August 2012.
Richard Gabe, brewery liaison officer for West Dorset CAMRA, said: ‘The beer won on its own merits in a blind tasting by a panel of judges. Tally Ho! is a strong old ale that is extremely popular locally and at beer festivals. It has a taste of roast malts and treacle toffee, giving a long nutty/coffee finish. It is highly commendable, in this age of micro breweries, that a traditional family run brewery with a tied estate can win this prestigious award.’
Head Brewer at Palmers Brewery in Bridport, Dorset, Darren Batten, was delighted to accept the award at his local Palmers’ pub, the Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock, where he used to work behind the bar as a teenager, before going on to study biology and gain his Brewers’ Diploma.
He said: ‘This is wonderful news. A lot of breweries will brew beers especially for festivals, but ours is a commercial product that has to stay consistent, so it’s great that our traditional beer has been recognised.’
It’s the latest accolade for Tally Ho! which was picked as Beer of the Festival, in the Old Ale/Strong Mild category, at the CAMRA Woking competition, in February.
Darren added: ‘Tally Ho! is probably our most famous beer and has got a strong local following and we’re thrilled that it’s getting recognition from real ale aficionados further afield.’
Tally Ho! is brewed with the finest Maris Otter malted barley, a large amount of English Golding hops and lots of crystal malt. The strong, nutty, full strength dark beer (5.5% ABV) has built a cult following since it was first brewed for bottles in 1949. The oaky and roasted flavour, with its deep and distinctive taste, makes a characterful cask-conditioned ale. It’s one of five fine real ales brewed by Palmers.