A sleepy British county has been declared the home to the world’s best lager – found in Sussex.
Belgium was topped by a small Sussex brewery at an international beer awards where drinking experts blind tasted numerous competitors worldwide.
The beer from the Hofmeister Brewing Company is the first lager to be awarded five stars in the 2017 IWSC Beer Awards – 13 years after it was removed from the shelves due to poor sales.
Richard Longhurst, co-founder of Hofmeister Brewing Company, said: “We did not just want to bring back a famous beer brand.
“We wanted to re-invent it for modern beer drinkers who are looking for authentic, craft beers with genuine provenance.
“Every keg, bottle and barrel of Hofmeister Helles is made following Germany’s 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law which states only three ingredients can be used in the brewing process, ensuring that our beer is truly authentic for each and every pour.”
The lager has several high profile fans including rugby union players Matt Stevens, David Strettle and Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Hofmeister’s old flavour was transformed by the brewery in Crawley, West Sussex, by taking inspiration from the roots of Bavarian beer and using only traditional methods and ingredients.
The five per cent lager is slow-brewed, golden blonde in colour and rich in flavour.
But Hofmeister Brewing Company co-founder, Spencer Chambers admitted it had been a tough year.
He said: “This time last year we had exactly zero customers and zero credentials. Today we are now stocked in 150 of the UK’s best pubs, bars and restaurants.
“We have worn out the leather on our shoes and dragged suitcases of beer up more staircases than we like to remember – our entire families, even our mothers, have pitched in to help sell as many bottles as possible.”