A FINCHAMPSTEAD-based brewery has seen one of its stouts crowned the Champion Beer of Britain.

Siren Craft Brewery, which is based in Marino Way, has won the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)'s prestigious Champion Beer of Britain award, one of the highest accolades in the beer industry.

Awarded on the opening day of the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London on Tuesday (7), Broken Dream Breakfast Stout (6.5% ABV) scooped gold thanks to its deep and complex blend of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke. The judges commented that it stood out for its aroma, taste and finish, all of which were superb.

Named after the Sirens of Greek mythology, Siren Brewery captivated judges for the second time this year, having taken home silver in this year’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival Winter back in February.

The final decision was made after a year of local tasting panels and regional heats in which the very best beers across the UK were invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival.

Siren Brewery founder Darron Anley said: “What a huge achievement that the Champion Beer of Britain is a heavy stout with coffee and lactose flavours in the midst of such warm summer weather! Broken Dream Breakfast Stout is one of our core beers and one of the first beers we ever brewed - we’re absolutely delighted.”

Nick Boley, CAMRA's National Director responsible for the competition says: "Congratulations to Siren Brewery for taking home the Champion Beer of Britain award with their Broken Dream Breakfast Stout - the highest beer accolade in the country. This is a distinctive, strong, well-balanced stout from an outstanding craft brewery. If there is any beer in the world that is dangerously drinkable, it’s this one!”