August 2014 – Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival held in London’s Olympia. The announcement was made on the first day of the festival by cask ale enthusiast and Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson.
Boltmaker 4% ABV is a well balanced Yorkshire bitter with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma. It has previously won awards at both the Brewing Industry International Awards and Great British Beer Festival, where it was runner-up to the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 1993.
Previously called Best Bitter, Boltmaker, was re-named in a 2012 competition to commemorate 60 years of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, which was named by a similar competition back in 1952. Phil Booth, licensee at the brewery’s Boltmakers Arms in Keighley, came up with Boltmaker to celebrate Keighley’s engineering tradition.
A delighted Head Brewer Peter Eells said ‘This is really fantastic news. Landlord, our classic pale ale has won this title on four previous occasions, and it is the beer everyone associates with Timothy Taylor’s. It’s great that another of our beers, Boltmaker, has received the recognition we have always felt it deserves. It is the brewers’ favourite beer, sells well in our own pubs and has started to be seen since the name change more often outside Yorkshire. Hopefully beer lovers across the country will now be able to appreciate its superb taste.’
He added ‘This is also brilliant news for our Managing Director, Charles Dent, who retires at the end of the year – so he’s going out on a high!’
Photo: Timothy Taylor’s Managing Director, Charles Dent proudly holds up the CAMRA Beer of the Year Shield flanked by Sales Director, Grant Simpson (left) and Head Brewer, Peter Eells (right).