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Monday, 10 October 2011
Ascot Ale's Coconut Crocodile Wins Ascot's Beer of the Festival
5th CAMRA Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival: Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October 2011
Coconut Crocodile from Ascot Ales, a speciality golden ale infused with coconut to leave a citrus and grapefruit finish and brewed specifically for the 2011 Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival, beat off 210 other real ales to scoop the Beer of the Festival award as voted for by racegoers.
Ascot Ales in Camberley is the brainchild of husband and wife team Chris and Suzanne Gill. ‘The Beer of the Festival award is keenly contested and I am delighted that our local brewery has bagged the top honours at this year’s Beer Festival. This award is testament to the incredible effort that Chris and Suzanne put into making their brewery such a success’, said John Blake, Head of Sales and Marketing at Ascot Racecourse.
Chris Gill, Managing Director and Head Brewer at Ascot Ales, said he was absolutely delighted that Coconut Crocodile won the Beer of the Festival Award at Ascot Racecourse. ‘I’m very proud to have won this award, which is voted for by the public, it’s a real honour. I love using lots of hops in my beers and enjoy experimenting with different ingredients, in this case coconut!’
‘Many drinkers at the festival were singing the praises of Coconut Crocodile, so it is no surprise to me that it has scooped this honour. It is a distinctive, unusual and excellent beer, and I am very pleased Chris and Suzanne have won this award at their "home" festival’, added Nick Boley, Berkshire South-East CAMRA branch chair.
Bumper crowds, helped by the glorious weather, attended the two day beer festival, which combines real ale with superb quality horseracing. On the track, the plaudits went to Pastoral Player, trained by Hughie Morrison and ridden by Darryll Holland, winner of the £150,000 totescoop6 Challenge Cup - the most valuable seven furlong handicap in Europe.
The 6th Ascot Racecourse CAMRA Beer Festival will be held on Friday 5th and Saturday 6thOctober 2012.
For further information:
John Blake, Head of Sales and Marketing, Ascot Racecourse; 01344 878512 / 07917 521429