A small Staffordshire brewery - the last remaining brewery in Birmingham before it moved in 2003 - has been named 'king of the ales' after it scooped top prize at a prestigious beer awards.
Beowulf Brewery won the Campaign for Real Ale's Gold Medal and Champion Beer for the West Midlands 2006, with their Finn's Hall Porter ale.
The brewery, based at Chasewater Country Park, saw off competition from over 300 beers brewed by 67 other Midland breweries - including large established operations.
Beowulf only started brewing in Yardley, Birmingham, back in 1997, and still only brews 360 gallons of beer each week for distribution across the Midlands.
Before moving to its current home, Beowulf Brewery was the last operational brewery in the city of Birmingham.
Porter beers evolved from the ale drunk by the beer-loving porters who worked at London's Smithfield and Covent Garden markets in the 19th century. The distinctive beers have become more popular with brewers in recent years.
Beowulf owner Phil Bennett said the 4.7 per cent strength Finn's Hall Porter, which won the Bronze Medal in the 2005 competition, is a "dark, inviting, smoky and hoppy beer, that isn't too sweet to the taste."
Mark Haslam, from West Midlands CaMRA, said: "Beowulf Brewery may be relatively small, but it has a national reputation for brewing exceptional quality dark beers.
"This major ward is much deserved, and I suspect will not be their last."
Hereford Pale Ale from Stoke Lacy-based Wye Valley Brewery won the Silver Medal, and Mutleys Revenge from Hereford-based Spinning Dog Brewery took the Bronze Medal.