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Lager top for city brewery.

Byline: NEIL HODGSON

LIVERPOOL brewer Cains has pulled off a first after its cask lager won top prize at Liverpool's real ale Beer Festival.

It is the first time a lager has won a Campaign for Real Ale beer festival in England.

Brewery owners Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj described the award as ``the biggest ever win for Cains.''

The brothers' cask lager is the first British premium strength lager. It uses top Mar is Otter barley malt from Norfolk - normally used in top quality bitters - and is left to mature for three for months to give it a distinctive flavour.

Sudarghara Dusanj said``From the first time we tasted the lager, we knew we were on to a winner. The feedback from beer experts has been amazing and we've even got the support of Roger Protz, Britain's top beer writer.''

He added: ``Before we took over at the brewery we were lager drinkers. But soon after we arrived at Cains we began to love the taste of traditional beers.

``Then we thought that we should try to brew a lager that had the same level of flavour as real ale, rather than the mass-produced gassy lagers sold under the bigbrands. Now we've achieved this and won the backing of CAMRA members.''

Pat Williamson, chair of CAMRA's Liverpool branch, said: ``Our Liverpool Beer Festival, in its 30th year, was extremely successful andCains lager got the backing of our real ale drinking supporters and was voted beer of the festival.''

Cains' Victorian winter ale was voted second at the festival in the Metropolitan Cathedral's Crypt, followed by Cherry Bomb from Hanby Ales in Shropshire.

Cains has won the two previous Liverpool Beer Festivals with their 2008 Celebration ale and Raisin ale

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