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20th August 2014


Award-winning Northern brewer Thwaites is celebrating after scooping not one, but five awards at this year’s International Beer Challenge. The impressive medal haul included four silvers and one bronze.

The brewer’s popular American IPA, 13 Guns, stole the limelight after winning over a panel of demanding judges to be awarded silver in the ‘taste’ category and also bronze in the ‘design and package’ category.

Such recognition comes hot off the heels of 13 Guns being announced as a finalist at the Indie Beer Festival, last month.

Amongst the other winning silver medal ales in the tasting category was the 3.9% ABV dark mild Nutty Black, plus craft beers, Crafty Dan and the English brown ale, Big Ben.

Lee Williams, Thwaites Marketing Manager said: “The International Beer Challenge has been rewarding excellent beers for almost 20 years, so we’re thrilled to have received recognition for ales right across our portfolio. 13 Guns continues to go from strength-to-strength and is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about craft beers in the industry.”

Each beer was blind tasted by a panel of industry expert judges and awarded for its taste and “simple beer pleasure”.

The International Beer Challenge awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 8th September.

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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.