Let the people decide

So have you voted yet? We’re half-way through the Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt and it’s all still to play for. 16 beers chosen through regional heats around the country are battling it out in the Sainsbury’s aisles to catch your attention.

finalistsThe prize? The serious matter of a permanent listing in 300 stores. True, the final two winners will be chosen by an expert panel at a grand final on 30 September, with nationwide sales counting towards this final decision.

As an added incentive, the contenders are priced at three for a fiver during the contest. So take advantage, and decide for yourself who the winners are.

Will it be Williams Bros and its Profanity Stout, made from  the winning recipe from a homebrew competition, or HopBrew, from the seriously talented Harviestoun Brewery? Southern contenders include a couple from South Oxfordshire’s Ridgeway Brewing – Bad King John and Ivanhoe – or Bishop’s Farewell from the award-winning Oakham Ales.

In the Midlands, could Frederic Robinson raise the flag for its Great British Ginger Beer, or will it be Wye Valley Brewery with its Wye Not? Or will small but perfectly formed Sadler’s Ales win with its Worcester Sorceror?

Only time - and your votes – will tell.

Great British Beer Hunt, 12-27 September, at a Sainsbury's near you.

What about a competition to find the best cider.  Farmhouse cider is really growing in popularity right now, with more and more people discovering this fantastic and truly English drink.  At the recent Yorkshire Galtres music festival, over 5.5 tonnes of craft cider were consumed, equivalent to 11,000 pints. Julie Ingham, The Real Cider Company