A BEER brewed at a city pub scooped top prize at Chester Real Ale Festival.
Pied Bull’s ‘Matador’ beat stiff competition to Cheshire Champion Beer of the Year award as a prelude to the event held at the Guildhall, Watergate Street on Friday and Saturday.
The pale ale, 5% ABV, is a drinkable, rich malt driven ale with an aromatic hop profile.
Beers from the Northgate Street brewery and the Frodsham Brewery were among eight shortlisted for the title, with Frodsham’s Aonach beer coming a respectable third. Woodlands Midnight Stout, by Woodlands brewery in Nantwich, finished second.
Tom Sinclair, 29, brewed the winning ale in the cellar at the Pied Bull.
He said: “It’s my first win – last year we came fourth or fifth. I came first in my qualifier at the Nantwich Beer Festival so I hoped to finish in the top three but all of the beers were good beers so there was tough competition.”
Tom, who has only been brewing for 18 months, only produces two brewer’s barrels of Matador a week, exclusively for the pub, but hopes to send the beer to other beer festivals in the future including Mold at the end of November.
He added: “I’m over the moon. I was bouncing around on the night!”