A work of art! Stylish York beer wins award for its ‘joyous’ taste

The artwork from the Avant Garde beer bottle label. Photograph: Treboom Brewery
16 Aug 2017 @ 9.12 pm
| Food & drink

Meet a York beer with style – and substance.

Avant Garde, created by Treboom Brewery, has won two stars in this year’s Great Taste Awards.

Judges described it in these glowing terms: “A superb aroma of bitter sweet poached apples, and upon tasting bursts of caramel toffee apple notes that are a joy to experience.”

Avant Garde is a 6% amber coloured Biere de Garde – a French Farmhouse ‘keeping’ beer which was traditionally brewed during the winter and spring and kept for drinking in the summer months.

Parisian influences

Starry stuff… bottles of Avant Garde
The inspiration behind Avant Garde is a commercially brewed French Biere de Garde called Jenlain.

It became a firm favourite of Treboom’s co-owner and head brewer John Lewis when he lived in Paris. This style of beer is accentuated by rich bold malt flavours, rather than relying on a huge hop hit.

The Great Taste Awards, described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, are judged blind by foodie professionals.

The judge’s liked Avants Garde’s ‘warming finish that balances well with the big bold flavours’.

John said: “We are really pleased, it now means that six out of our range of seven bottled beers have won Great Taste Awards.”

Co-owner of Treboom Jane Blackman said: “The judges carefully consider all aspects of the drinking experience of each beer, right down to food pairings, it really is all about taste.”

Treboom, based in Shipton-by-Beningbrough, hand bottle only small batches into 750ml sharing (or not sharing) bottles topped with a cork and wire cage.

Being bottled conditioned, the flavours develop and change as it ages, so a good beer for keeping… if you can.