LANGHAM Brewery is celebrating another achievement after winning an award, LocAle Beer of the Festival, for its Sussex Saison Belgian beer.
The award was for the LocAle Beer of the Festival at the 25th Yapton Beerex, which was run by Western Sussex CAMRA at Yapton village hall.
The brewery was voted for by members of the public attending the festival.
Langham Brewery is no stranger to winning awards at this festival in previous years, but their winner this year was a new departure – Sussex Saison – a Belgian farmhouse-style beer.
It was very well-received by punters, achieving the accolade despite stiff competition.
Langham held a meet-the-brewer evening at the Dolphin and Anchor in Chichester to celebrate the presentation of the award, so a good audience was assured.
The evenings are generously hosted by the Dolphin and Anchor in collaboration with the brewery, and aim to introduce people to a wide range of high-quality, locally-produced beverages, where samples can be enjoyed by all, offering a refreshing alternative to their usual tipple.
The award was presented by Philip Wildsmith, chairman of Western Sussex CAMRA. It was the first time an award had been given for a non-UK traditional beer style.
The recipe uses a Belgian saison yeast to give a banana/clove aroma and creamy head. As Saison is unfined, it is also vegan friendly.
Langham topped the poll of 24 local ales, out of 65 ales showcased at the annual beer festival.
Mark Behr, shift manager at The Dolphin and Anchor, said: “We were delighted to host the Western Sussex CAMRA members and congratulate Langham Brewery on their success.”
Langham have won three times before at Yapton, in 2007 and 2008 with Hip Hop, and in 2011 with Florale.
The LocAle award is closely linked with CAMRA’s LocAle campaign which accredits pubs which commit to having at least one ale from a local brewery on sale at any time.
The Dolphin and Anchor is an accredited LocAle pub and usually has several LocAles on sale from Langham and other local breweries.