Regular customers at The Forum went to the polls, in a bid to find their favourite pint, at the outlet in Hexham.
The pub asked customers to vote from a choice of 30 beers, to find the most popular brew. The winning beer would then become a permanent ‘house ale’, featured on the hand-pulls.
The ‘Alection’ offered voters the opportunity to select their top three beers, placing their choice on a ballot sheet and posting it in a ballot box at the pub.
The five most popular, from more than 100 ballot sheets received, were then placed in a week-long head-to-head race, with the first to sell two barrels (72 pints) being named as the winning ale.
The final five were Sunnydaze and Prince Bishop, both from Big Lamp Brewery, Nel’s Best from High House, Cumberland Corby Blonde and Allendale Wolf.
Keith Milligan, duty manager at The Forum (pictured right with George Storey from Big Lamp Brewery), said: “Local ales are the most popular at The Forum and we decided to make it fun by running the ‘Alection’. Big Lamp’s Sunnydaze just pipped Cumberland Corby Blonde to the title.”
The other 25 ales in the running were Big Lamp Bitter, One Hop Wonder, Lamp Light, Keelman Brown, Embers, Darkside and Premium; Derwent Brewery’s Golden Oat Bitter, Winter Gold, Derwent Blonde, Pale Ale and Bill Monks Ale; Mordue’s Five Bridge Bitter, Geordie Pride, Workie Ticket, Radgie Gadgie and IPA; Allendale’s Wagtail and Golden Plover; High House’s Auld Hemp, Black Moss, Matfen Magic, Lily Brewster and Lizzies Dimples and Cumberland’s Corby Ale.