West Sussex brewery wins top award

Award-winning ale.
Award-winning ale.

HAMMERPOT Brewery’s Bottle Wreck Porter has been awarded gold in the Porter category at Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) 2012 National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester.

The beer, named after a 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Sussex found to be carrying hundreds of bottles of porter, was first brewed in 2007.

Since then it has won many Beer of the Festival prizes and four regional awards from both CAMRA and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Although several of their other beers have also won awards, this is the first national award to be received by the brewery.

Lee Mitchell, head brewer at Hammerpot Brewery said: “Despite not being driven by awards it is very nice to be recognised and it reflects the efforts of the whole team here.”

Based in Poling, near Arundel, Hammerpot Brewery was established in 2005 by Lee with the intention of producing distinctive, quality craft brewed beers. They now produce at least 12 different beers throughout the year and continue to pursue those same aims.

With their small five barrel brew plant Hammerpot Brewery are a micro brewery in the truest sense and are delighted to be able to show that smaller end of the independent brewery sector can make great beers worthy of national recognition.