Customers crown the best beer, cider and perry

North Yorkshire’s Brass Castle brewery recorded an astonishing double success, with two of its brews topping the poll of visitors’ choices.

The brewery has been successful in attracting the popular vote before, but it it is the first time in #MBCF’s history that any brewery has had two beers in the top three.

Brass Castle Fruit Lupe

It was perhaps even more remarkable as a new beer launched at the festival proved the customers’ favourite. Fruit Lupe, a 4.8% ABV single hop pale ale was available in both cask-conditioned and keg styles and drinkers clearly enjoyed the marriage of Mosaic hops with blueberry. Like all Brass Castle’s beers, Fruit Lupe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

In second place was Bad Kitty, a 5.5% ABV chewy chocolate vanilla dream of a porter. Bad Kitty has featured in the top beers of the Manchester festival before, taking top spot in 2017, and second place last year. The cask-conditioned beer is part of the brewery’s core range, and clearly hits the spot for many festival goers.

Third place went to Thornbridge’s Lucaria Rocky Road. The brewery debuted its own brewery bar this year, and the 4.5% ABV porter was a rare cask-conditioned version. Described as a twist on its ice cream porter, the beer attracted those with a sweet tooth!

Cider drinkers voted Hedge-Hogger’s Old Aged Pig the outstanding cider at Manchester. The Scarborough producer has tasted success before as this cider won Gold in the North of England Cider of the Year 2018 competition.

Long time supporter of the festival, ‘Udders Orchard of Huddersfield made it a Yorkshire double as it romped home with the best perry award. Waterloo Sunset is a 7.0% ABV example matured for six months in oak whisky casks.

The festival congratulates all our winners!