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April 2006
The result of the Champion Beer of Warwickshire 2006 was announced on Easter Monday. The winner is Nelson's Column, brewed by the Tunnel Brewery. Second place went to Pure Ubu from Purity and Sou'Wester from Slaughterhouse was third.

For over five weeks, 13th March to 17th April, the "Grate" Warwickshire Beer competition took place at the Newbold Comyn Arms in Leamington Spa. All of Warwickshire´┐Żs breweries, plus Rainbow from Coventry, accepted the challenge to produce the beer that best complements cheese.

Six beers were on offer during the first heat and another six during the second heat. All were only identified by a letter, and their strength, so drinkers had a blind tasting and gave their marks out of ten for each beer that they tried. The three most popular beers from each heat went into the final.

On the evening of Easter Monday, with head brewers or representatives from all six finalist breweries in attendance, Beer I was announced as the winner and revealed as Nelson's Column from the Tunnel Brewery.

The Full List of Beers:
A - Church End, Hop Gun (Finalist)
B - Slaughterhouse, Sou'Wester with celery essence (Third)
C - Rugby, Grand Slam
D - Purity, Pure UBU (Second)
E - Frankton Bagby, Barnstormer
F - Warwickshire, Lady Godiva
G - Wizard, One for The Toad (Finalist)
H - North Cotswold, Spring in your Step
I - Tunnel, Nelson's Column (Winner)
J - Shakespeare's, Taming of the Brew (Finalist)
L - Rainbow, Piddlebrew
M - Atomic, Necular Test

Jonathan and Charlotte Walsh have announced that they have had to close the brewery. Last Autumn Charlotte developed an allergy to chemicals used in the brewery. Jonathan initially took over brewing, hoping that the allergy was only temporary, but sadly this was not the case. Jonathan and Charlotte thank all their customers for their support, in particular Sandra and Mick at The Cape of Good Hope and all loyal Two LLocks drinkers. Bakehouse has worked closely with Stuart Elliot at Church End Brewery to make sure that the Two LLocks supply is continued. The brewery equipment has gone to Denmark, although the Walshs hated to see it leave.