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Yesterday Camra selected its 'Beer Of Britain for 2011' and sprung yet another surprise on us. The winner was a dark mild from Essex. Mighty Oak's 'Oscar Wilde Mild' at 3.7% took the ultimate accolade, with Marble 'Chocolate' runner up and Salopian 'Shropshire Gold' coming third.

Mighty Oak is a brewery rarely seen around these parts, and the beer is one I have yet to sample, but it has been around for some 10 years. Described in the 'Good Beer Guide' as 'a roasty dark mild, with suggestions of forest fruits and dark chocolate.A sweet taste yields to a more bitter finish'. The brewery website calls it 'a mellow, nutty, moreish dark mild, brewed with Maris Otter pale, crystal and dark malts,and gently hopped with Challenger'.

Roger Protz, chairman of the judging panel commented ‘It’s a beer with great depth of character, and for the style has a lot of hop bitterness as well. It proves that a dark beer can be refreshing even in very hot weather.’

The number of Yorkshire beers in the final categories was disappointing with only two contenders in the running. Both came second . Rudgate 'Ruby Mild' was runner up in the mild section and Salamander's 'Golden Salamander' in the golden beer section.

Nevertheless I am still convinced that Yorkshire brews some of the best beers about, it is just a shame that they have failed to get the recognition they deserve on the national stage.