So here we go then! Of course my top bar is always North and my beer of the year is Little Jim BUT I'm not gonna vote for meself am I?
Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer
Winner: Redemption Big Chief
Runner up:Thornbridge/Kernel: Burton Ale
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Winner: Kernel Export Stout
Runner up: Buxton Axe Edge
Best Overseas Draught Beer
Winner: Sierra Celebration 2011 (Best ever! Lovely jammy swiss roll going on in there!)
Runner up: Uinta Labyrinth
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Winner: Stuise Pannepot
Runner up: Anderson Valley Hopottin IPA - best case purchase.
Best Pumpclip or Label
Winner: Magic Rock (any)
Best UK Brewery
Winner: Magic Rock - Never seen anyone hit the ground running so hard. They've set out a whole new way to open a UK brewery.
Runner up: Marble - still dope - for the Belgians especially and letting me clean the kettle...
Best Overseas Brewery
Winner: Brooklyn (watch this space)
Runner up: BrewFist (watch this space > f'kin spaceman!)
Pub/Bar of the Year
Winner:Port Street Beer House
Runner up: The Sparrow
Not in the North of England: Brasserie 4:20 (thanks to the Roma cigar club!)
Beer Festival of the Year
Runner up:Leeds Pudsey
Supermarket of the Year
Winner: I'm not playing
Runner up:M&S (nearest my house)
Independent Retailer of the Year
Runner up: Latitude Wine
Online Retailer of the Year
Winner: Belgium in a box
Best Beer Book or Magazine
Winner: Oxford Companion to Beer
Best Beer Blog or Website
Winner: The Good Stuff - Mr Avery put it best - 'statesmanlike'
Runner up: Hopzine - love the tasting vids
Best Beer Twitterer
Winner: Ben Hodgkinson
Runner up: Beer Prole
Best Online Brewery Presence
Winner: Magic Rock
Runner up: Brewdog¬!
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
Winner: Imperial Stout & Salt
Runner up: Grated cheddar sandwich, proper thick cut bread, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, tobasco sauce & Sam Smith's Nut Brown ale.
In 2012 I'd Most Like To:
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Top three British brewers to watch in 2012
1. Andy Smith (Redemption)
2. Colin Stronge (Black Isle)
3. Stuart Ross (Magic Rock)