Brewer wins top prize

The Cross Bay brewing team with their award (from left) Billy Taylor, Nick Taylor and Arthur Livesley
The Cross Bay brewing team with their award (from left) Billy Taylor, Nick Taylor and Arthur Livesley

A local brew defeated 50 others to be crowned the prestigious title of “Best Beer” at a festival in Morecambe.

Drinkers at the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) first ever Morecambe Beer Festival voted Zenith, a five per cent Pale Ale from the resort’s Cross Bay Brewery, its headline beer.

This week, a formal presentation was made at The York Hotel on Lancaster Road, with the brewery team on hand to chat to customers about their beers and the brewing process.

Cross Bay’s head brewer Nick Taylor, receive the framed certificate from festival organiser George Palmer.

The evening also saw the presentation of cheques to local charities made up of contributions from visitors to the August festival and Lancaster firm Potts Pies, who donated 10 per cent of their takings from the event.

“It’s great that against keen competition, this award was won by a local firm,” said Mr Palmer. Mr Taylor said it was a “singular honour” for a Cross Bay beer to get the award and wished the festival every success in future years.

Receiving a cheque on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Lifeboat Operations Manager Michael Guy expressed his gratitude to festival goers, as did chairwoman of the Friends of the Winter Gardens, Evelyn Archer, who accepted a cheque on behalf of its re-opening campaign.

Julian Holt, CAMRA rep said: “To see the potential of localism - look no further than this event. The festival was organised and run by local people, a local brewer won top award, the presentation is in a great little local pub and the beneficiaries are two local charities. That’s the community in action.” It’s not the first win for Cross Bay’s Zenith, described as “light and zesty.” Earlier this year it won the Lancashire Cup Champion Strong award at Lancaster Beer Festival.