World toast to champion beer

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GLOBAL glory has been handed to a an ale brewed by Derbyshire folk.

Jaipur IPA, created by the award-winning Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell, was one of only nine beers worldwide to take the title of Champion Beer 2011 at the prestigious Brewing Industry International Awards.

Dubbed the ‘Brewing Oscars’, the awards saw more than 800 entries from over 30 countries.

“This is a fantastic award and a great honour for the brewing team here at Thornbridge”, said managing director Jim Harrison.

“We are passionate about brewing and enormously proud of our beers, but to be judged as the best beer in our category worldwide is beyond our wildest expectations.

“Jaipur has won many awards as a cask and bottled beer so to win the keg ale award, when we have only been supplying this for a few months, is extra special.”

Award judging in February took three days and was carried out by a panel of expert brewers who must be currently working in the trade to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge.

Ruth Evans, chief executive of competition organisers Brewing Technology Services, said: “The Champion Beer trophy in the Brewing Awards is one of the very highest honours in the international beer industry and one that hundreds of brewers around the world aspire to.

“Jaipur has been judged by experts to be the finest of its type found anywhere in the world, and Thornbridge should be very proud of their achievement.”

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