Brill brewed beer really is just that... Brill!

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A beer brewed in Brill was the toast of Reading Beer Festival, taking home a big prize.

Vale Brewery, which is based in Brill, took on dozens of other hopefuls to win the beer of the festival title.

The winning beer, American hopped pale ale Gravitas, was judged to be the best in appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste by judges.

Alex Smith of Vale Brewery, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, said: “Everyone at the brewery is chuffed to bits.

“With the quality of local beers we were up against in the competition, to have Gravitas crowned the best in the area is just brilliant.”

He added: “We never use any artificial additives, colourings or flavourings in our real ales.

“Just the best natural Maris Otter malted barley, hops from around the world, fresh water and yeast to produce clean, pure, award-winning beers.”

This is not the first time that Gravitas has won an award.

In 2008 it came third in the CAMRA Champion Beer Of Britain contest at the Great British Beer Festival, then went on to win joint gold placing at the Oxford Beer Festival in 2010.

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