Beer brewed by a Wellington company has been voted best bitter in the region at the prestigious Taste of the West awards. Will’s Neck, named after the highest point on the Quantocks, is produced by Quantock Brewery based on the Churston Business Park.
“We’ve done really well with it in both the cask and bottle,” said partner Rob Rainey, who brewed Will’s Neck. “It’s now our most popular beer by far, with about 65-70 per cent of all sales.”
Rob described Wills Neck as a “bright golden ale with a rich malty flavour that’s late-hopped to produce a prominent aroma with hints of grapefruit and cherries and a lasting bitterness on the palate.”
The beer, brewed using American hops, beat 280 other beers to win the top prize. The awards lunch was held at the Eden Project, near St Austell.
Quantock Brewery has been going less than five years, founded in spring of 2008, but has already won a string of awards. Beer production is currently averaging around 3,000 litres a week.