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Thirsty for ‘Moor’ as CAMRA announces Champion Beer of Scotland


Issued by the Scottish Branches
of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale
10 July 2014, for immediate release

Kelburn’s Dark Moor named CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Scotland 2014.

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today announced that the Kelburn Brewing Company’s (of Barrhead, East Renfrewshire) Dark Moor has been awarded the title of ‘Champion Beer of Scotland’ for 2014 at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, Edinburgh. The Festival runs from today until Sunday (July 13th).

Dark Moor, a 4.5% ABV Old Ale, is described in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide as ‘A dark, fruity ale with undertones of liquorice and blackcurrant.’  Dark Moor also achieved success competing in CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2013, taking Gold in the Old Ale/Strong Mild class and Bronze in the competition overall.

Kelburn’s success today at the Festival is the culmination of months of CAMRA branch recommendations and tasting sessions in the quest to find the best beer in Scotland!

Runner up in this year’s competition was the Ayr Brewing Company’s (of Ayr, South Ayrshire) Rabbie’s Porter, while third place went to the Fyne Ales’ (of Cairndow, Argyll) Jarl.

An ecstatic Derek Moor, head of the family-run Kelburn Brewing Company, said:

‘We are delighted to win the Champion Beer of Scotland for the second time.  The growing number of excellent brewers in Scotland makes this award a testament to the hard work of everyone at Kelburn.’ 

A Kelburn beer previously received the Champion Beer of Scotland title in 2006, when Cart Blanche took top honours.

Owen Bell, Festival Organiser, elaborated on what made the Dark Moor a winner:

‘The judges all agreed that it is a very tasty beer, more than holding its own against hoppy Golden Ales, and has a strong Scottish character. The full, biscuity malt is expertly balanced with a delicate hop flavour.’ 

The competition was held at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, Edinburgh, which is open from today until Sunday July 13th and features over 150 beers from 70 different brewers. Today’s champion, Dark Moor, is part of the range of around 150 excellent beers available at this year’s festival.

For more information on the Scottish Real Ale Festival, please visit


Notes to Editors

For more information, call the festival press officer Graeme Watt on 07535 990531 or festival organiser Owen Bell on 07876 794968.
A warm welcome, and perhaps even a beer or two, awaits any reporters, photographers or camera crew you wish to send along.

Kelburn Brewery can be contacted for comment on 0141 881 2138