Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2023!

The beer world can be fickle sometimes, and fashions come and go with the seasons (I feel like I’m seeing black IPAs out again for the first time in several years, for example. I think we all thought they’d peaked in 2015, right?) but some constants still remain, thank goodness. As if further proof were needed that quality will always shine and some flavours just work no matter what happens around them, last week the Great British Beer Festival Winter crowned our 1872 Porter the Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2023 for a record fourth time.

GGBFW Certificates in Rob and Hutch’s delighted hands, photobombed by the Elland Berlingo.


We’re always delighted to hear of positive responses to our beers, but this particular award is very dear to our hearts. We’re so proud of 1872 Porter having won this award three times previously (and of course having once been Champion Beer of Britain), we’re chuffed to bits to be told we’re upholding the high standard set by legendary Northern brewer and Elland founder Dave Sanders who originally created the recipe. Current brewhouse wizard Rob Thomas (pictured) is delighted to have continued the tradition is style, and we look forward to getting tastes to all of you very soon. Bottles now available in the webshop!

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Our Beers in the Wood at Clifford Champion Beer Festival on Saturday 25th June

We thank Richard Coldwell for this post on his blog

Festival Special – Beers from the wood

Festival Special – Beers from the wood

Gale Force 1

Jon Mitchell with Mike Hiscock & Stephen Francis

A unique head to head is kicking off at Clifford Champion Beer Festival on Saturday 25th June. Championship winning brewers Elland have come up with two one off special brews for well known YTV Calendar presenter Duncan Wood and weatherman Jon Mitchell.

I headed off to the brewery for a sneak preview of Jon Mitchell’s Gale Force IPA, a 5% IPA easy drinking pale ale brewed with US and NZ hops that give a combination of fruit flavours.

While we were there I also had a taste of Duncan Wood’s Wood you believe it which is a 4.6% premium golden bitter with fruity citrus flavours and aroma.

Jon Mitchell said, ‘The Gale Force ale that Elland have brewed for me is superb. I’m sure my hoppy Gale Force IPA will outsell Duncan’s Wood you believe it Bitter.

Although both beers were very good, they always taste better at the brewery. I personally thought Jon was right, although my preference won’t be the same as everyones. What will be interesting is the opportunity for people to taste both these beers from the wood, something we are trying to support at Clifford Beer Festival.

Wood you

This year, thanks to Elland Brewery and The Junction pub, Castleford, ‘the home of beers from the wood’ we have been able to put four Elland beers on the bar in wooden casks. As well as the two festival specials there will be the championship winning 1872 Porter and Beyond the Pale. There will also be a Sunbeam Ales Chocolate mild which was brewed for the Leeds mild fest in May and has been conditioning in the wooden cask with the unique Sunbeam Ales logo on ever since.