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Castle Rock’s Black Gold has taken bronze at CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain awards in the mild category at the Great British Beer Festival 2014.

Black Gold is the fourth Castle Rock beer to win a major award in national competition and Black Gold now sits proudly alongside 2013 bronze winner Screech Owl (strong bitters), 2011 bronze winner Preservation Fine Ale (best bitter) and, of course, 2010 Supreme Champion Beer of Britain – Harvest Pale.

Castle Rock’s Al Smith, Wayne Harvey, Dan Gilliland and Adrian Redgrove at the “Magician” bar, B15.

Castle Rock’s Al Smith, Wayne Harvey, Dan Gilliland and Adrian Redgrove at the “Magician” bar, B15.

Castle Rock Brewery staff made their annual pilgrimage to London for the Great British Beer Festival on Tuesday; this time in numbers. Representing the brewery and its customers were head brewer Adrian Redgrove, brewer Dan Gilliland and malt store manager Al Smith, alongside world beer buyer Wayne Harvey, commercial & IT support manager Lewis Townsend and Nottingham’s official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard.  Starting at the “Magician” bar, B15, the team sampled Castle Rock’s popular mild, Black Gold, to check it was up to scratch (it was!) before enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and diverse offerings at one of the country’s largest beer festivals.

In front of hundreds of eagerly waiting beer lovers, the Champion Beer of Britain awards were announced and Black Gold won bronze in the milds category. Colin Wilde, managing director Castle Rock, said being shortlisted was great, “but to bring this back to Nottingham and show people how successful local beers are, is brilliant. “Everyone at Castle Rock works hard day in and day out to produce the finest beers we can, and to be once again included in the top ranks of the country’s favourites makes us feel very proud indeed.”

The awards were announced by Iron Maiden front man and beer lover, Bruce Dickinson.