Cheers! Dudley’s Stuart Brewer shed named best at British Beer Festival

Stu Betts with his award-winning house beer

Stuart Betts, of Bramble Green, Dudley, brews in a brew shed in his back garden.

He entered I Hate Silica Finings (A Dragonfly Summer) in the first homebrewing contest organized by the campaign for real ale.

His 4.2% lager won the pale ale category, which was one of 12 categories, to reach the final which was won by Stephen Folland’s Doggy in the Woods – a 16.1% strong stout.

Stuart, a 54-year-old catering equipment service and repair engineer, said he was delighted to have won.

“I’m on a roll. I have also just won a home brew competition in Ipswich for my West Coast IPA at 6.4% for the second year in a row,” he said.

Stuart is chairman of Camra’s Dudley and South Staffordshire branch and co-ordinator of 40 Midland Craft Brewers.

He won a brew day at Adnams Brewery in Southwold as part of his GBBF prize which is being held at Olympia in London until Saturday August 6.

Stuart, married with two sons, started brewing four years ago.

He plans to go into commercial brewing and sets up Ickle Brew to produce beers on tap and on tap.

He hopes to have one of his beers on tap for the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre the branch is hosting at Dudley Town Hall from November 24-26.

The branch invites Camra members to attend a beer festival planning meeting at the Bird in Hand pub in Wordsley on Monday August 8 at 8 p.m.

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