Cowshed and The Grange announce first Amateur Beer Festival winner
Simon Jenkins from Heath has been named as best new brewer at Cardiff’s first Amateur Beer Festival held by The Grange.
Home brewer Simon was selected by a panel of judges, including members of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and staff from the community pub in Grangetown during its End of Summer Party this weekend.
Simon’s brew ‘Fat Controller’ is an oatmeal stout that includes a chocolate malt. It was unanimous winner amongst the judges and for his prize, Simon will work with local brewers Crafty Devil to recreate his beer and it will be sold exclusively in The Grange.
Winner Simon says, “I’m over the moon to have won! I started brewing my own beer at home in 2011 and enjoy trying out new flavours and experimenting with recipes. It’s great to come together with other brewers and see the variety of beers Cardiff’s homebrewers have to offer. I am very much looking forward to the next one!”
16 brewers from across Cardiff competed to have their beer made up by Crafty Devil and available on tap, as well as a commemorative plaque displayed in the pub for a year and £100 bar tab.
Cerys Furlong, owner of The Grange, says, “As the Cardiff CAMRA pub of the year for 2018, we were delighted to host our very own amateur beer festival, something that is completely new for in the city. We’re a community pub who pride ourselves on championing real ale and to be able to work with an amateur brewer to produce their beer is exciting. Congratulations to Simon, we’ve no doubt your brew will be drunk dry.”
The winning brew, ‘Fat Controller’ will be available exclusively at The Grange soon.