Camra names Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde best British beer

The Mighty Oak's Dr Alex Ratter and John Boyce
Image caption The brewery produces six standard ales along with a number of special beers

A beer made at an Essex brewery has been named the best in Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Maldon-based Mighty Oak company's ale "Oscar Wilde" was judged the supreme champion at the Great British Beer Festival in Earls Court, London.

Judges described the beer as having "great depth of character".

Mighty Oak founder John Boyce said: "It will certainly cement the future of the company and I hope it will go on to greater things in the future."

"We've been aiming at this for the last 16 years since we set the brewery up and we missed it by one when we got runner up in 2007."

The ale beat entries from Manchester's Marble Beers and Shropshire's Salopian Brewery.

The brewery's 3.7% ABV brew also scooped the gold award in the mild category.

Mr Boyce said the company might now look at entering its ale into international competitions.

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