Thursday, 23 September 2021

Microbrewery shortlisted for award

BRAKSPEAR has made it the final of the Publican Awards 2016

BRAKSPEAR has made it the final of the Publican Awards 2016.

The Henley pub operator and brewery is one of three shortlisted in the best brewing pub company of the year category of the competition, which is run by industry magazine The Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

Brakspear was shortlisted following the success of its Bell Street microbrewery, which opened in 2013.

Judges will visit the company’s head office in Bell Street and pubs selling its brewery beers and there will also be “mystery” pub visits by professionals.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies and head brewer Malcolm Mayo will be interviewed by a panel of industry experts.

Mr Davies said: “We’re delighted to have reached the final of these awards, which are highly regarded in our industry.

“We’re enormously proud of what we have achieved with the Bell Street brewery in a short space of time so it’s great to receive this external validation.

“We built the brewery because we wanted to bring brewing back to Henley and it has given us a new route to support our local community by brewing beers for local causes and events such as the Club to Pub Swim and Henley in Boom.

“It’s very different to how most pub-owning brewers operate and we’re hoping this swings the judges’ decision our way.”

Mr Mayo, head brewer at the Bell Street brewery, said: “Henley’s drinkers have welcomed the restoration of brewing and the old Brakspear beers, particularly Brakspear Special, which we now brew year round, and Brakspear Old, which we are brewing again during January after its sell-out last year. We’re brewing at full capacity now.”

Judging criteria for the award category include the effectiveness of the brewery and pubs in supporting each other, innovation to drive both the brewery and pub estate forward and passion for the brewery’s beers among licensees.

The other two finalists are Scottish brewer BrewDog and Nottingham’s Castle Rock. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 15.

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