We're delighted to announce the winners from the 33rd Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival Beer and Cider of the Festival votes.
Taking top honours in the real ale competition is Vanilla Latte Stout from the Other Monkeys brewery based in the Three Wise Monkeys pub on the High Street. Beers don't get much more local than that. Runner up is another coffee porter stout - Saffron Brewery's Agnes Waterhouse - named after the first woman in England to be executed for witchcraft. Highly Recommended is Little Earth Project's Farmhouse Mosaic and it's great to see Tom's new project picking up awards from where Mill Green Brewery left off.
On the cider bar there was a tie for first place with Harry's Scrumage and Saxby's Plum sharing the top step of the podium. Highly recommended went to the 2018 Winter Festival's winner Boarded Cottage Cider from D. Souch & Co. Bit of work to do Dave to get back your title!
Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all of you who voted.