Glasses raised to toast success of beer festival’s favourite ales and ciders

Karen Hines, from CAMRA, presents Christian Semmens, Talek Semmens, Geoff Cropper, Tracky Cropper, Mathew Williams and John Barsby from Three Blokes in a Barn with their best cider award. Also pictured, far right, is Melton CAMRA chairman Kevin Billson EMN-150112-125735001
Karen Hines, from CAMRA, presents Christian Semmens, Talek Semmens, Geoff Cropper, Tracky Cropper, Mathew Williams and John Barsby from Three Blokes in a Barn with their best cider award. Also pictured, far right, is Melton CAMRA chairman Kevin Billson EMN-150112-125735001
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The Melton branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) had a busy month handing out awards for the favourite beers and ciders sampled at this year’s successful beer festival held at the cattle market.

First place in the Ale of the Festival awards went to the Blue Monkey Brewery in Nottingham for its Chocolate Guerrilla ale. Second place went to Xtreme Ales’ Body Snatcher and third was Maxim Breweries’ Maximus.

Melton CAMRA's Harvey Hopwood and chairman Kevin Billson present Frank Auld, centre, from Blue Monkey Brewery, with their certificate. EMN-150112-125148001

Melton CAMRA's Harvey Hopwood and chairman Kevin Billson present Frank Auld, centre, from Blue Monkey Brewery, with their certificate. EMN-150112-125148001

In the ciders first place went to Bazooka Joe which came from the Three Blokes in a Barn cider press in Wymondham who won for the second year running. Second was Fynburys’ mulled spice cider from Witham in Lincolnshire.

Kelly Spencer, of CAMRA, presents Mike Berry from Fynburys Cider with his runner-up award EMN-150112-130132001

Kelly Spencer, of CAMRA, presents Mike Berry from Fynburys Cider with his runner-up award EMN-150112-130132001