Best of Britain

Traveling to the UK? Be on the lookout for a brew from Essex that has, for the second consecutive year, been named the best in Britain.

Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, described by judges as "a honey-toned golden ale with grapefruit sharpness offset by suggestions of melon and pineapple," has been named the champion beer of Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

It topped more than 50 finalists on the first day of CAMRA's 2006 Great British Beer Festival, at Earls Court in London.

"This is the biggest accolade in the business," said Colin Bocking, who runs the Essex brewery. "It's a recognition from the people who actually drink the stuff, and it's very important to me."

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