Horsham Best, Red River and Brighton Blonde produced by Horsham based WJ King have just won gold at the coveted Great Taste 2012 awards after being judged by a panel of 350 of the nation’s most discerning food and drink experts over 45 days.
WJ King is a new style of micro brewery, using only the finest, natural, local ingredients and traditional brewing techniques to produce the finest quality local ales.
To achieve Gold in Great Taste is a significant achievement for any food or drink producer and results are eagerly awaited. The scheme, run by the Guild of Fine Food, has been described as the epicurean equivalent of the Booker Prize and in 2012 a total of 8,807 different food and drink products were entered.
‘This means a lot to us here at WJ King. It is the first time that we have entered any of our beers into these awards and are thrilled to have won gold stars for Horsham Best and Red River, 2 of the old favourites that have been with us for over 10 years and for Brighton Blonde the latest beer to be added to our cabinet of some of the finest real ales in Sussex.’ Ian Burgess, Head Brewer.
The Real Ale sector is the fastest growing sector in the pub trade and new style microbreweries like WJ King are attracting a new generation of real ale fans all over the south east of England.
This new generation of Beer drinkers is passionate about what they eat and drink and have a real thirst for knowledge about the provenance, ingredients and manufacturing process of what they are drinking.
Judges this year included Pete Brown ‘the beer drinker’s Bill Bryson’, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.