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15th September 2014


Award-winning Northern brewer Thwaites is celebrating after its popular 13 Guns scooped silver at this year’s Indie Beer Can Festival competition – the fourth accolade for the American style IPA this year.

First brewed to coincide with American Independence Day in 2011, the 5.5% six-hopped beer has been a big hit this side of the pond and was only made available to purchase in can four months ago.

The brewer’s 13 Guns, won over an esteemed panel of judges which included Tesco beer buyer Chiara Nesbitt, Adrian Tierney Jones, Jane Peyton, President of Cask Brewing Systems, Peter Love and Graham Fenton, Chairman of the Can Makers.

Commenting on the award Lee Williams, Thwaites Marketing Manager said: “We’re especially delighted to have been awarded silver at this year’s Indie Beer Can Festival as it was a blind tasting. 13 Guns continues to go from strength-to-strength, with four awards already this year it is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about craft beers in the industry.”

The last 12 months have been a seminal time for 13 Guns – its distinctive American hopped flavours with piney, resinous notes having received critical acclaim from beer reviewers from day one. A feature in the prestigious drinkers’ bible ‘1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die’ was followed with the beer winning Label of the Year at the International Beer Awards and two awards at the International Beer Competition.

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For more information, please contact:
Aimi McNeill: 01625 506 429, mob 07500 123909,
Eleanor O’Connell: 0113 2372826,
Claire Grew: 0113 2372825, mob 07786 091987,

About Daniel Thwaites
Daniel Thwaites is the North of England’s major independent family brewer. Founded in 1807, Thwaites has a rich heritage providing welcoming hospitality and award-winning beers that are brewed with skill and care from the highest quality ingredients.

Thwaites owns an estate of over 300 pubs, a small but growing group of characterful coaching inns and six four-star full service regional hotels and spas, which trade under the Shire Hotels banner.

In addition, Thwaites supplies a full range of drinks to many independently owned pubs, clubs and restaurants in the North of England and beyond and a wide range of bottled beers to most major supermarkets.

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