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2nd August 2023

Abbot Ale wins twice at Champion Beer of Britain Awards 2023

Abbot Ale is celebrating after winning gold and silver titles in the Champion Beer of Britain Awards at the Great British Beer Festival, taking place at Olympia London this week.

The UK’s number one premium cask ale brand, Abbot Ale, renowned for its well-loved fruit character, malty richness and superb hop balance, scooped gold in the Premium Bitters category and silver in the Supreme Champion category

Forming part of Greene King’s flagship portfolio, Abbot Ale was first brewed at the Bury St Edmund’s brewery in 1951. It was created by the head brewer at the time, Bernard Tickner MBE, who passed away at the age of 93 in 2017.

The brewing process has hardly changed in over 70 years. Taking seven days to craft the perfect pint of Abbot Ale, it is a beer to savour and relax with.

The Champion Beer of Britain Awards are one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world and are the ultimate honour for UK brewers. The winning beers are awarded every year at the Trade Session of the Great British Beer Festival. Judging for the competition takes around a year, starting with individual nominations from CAMRA members and local and regional competitions. On the first day of the festival, a team of judges have their final round to decide the winners for the year.

Emma Hibbert, Head of Marketing for the Abbot Ale brand said: “We are delighted to have secured these two titles for Abbot Ale, giving this beer the recognition it deserves. It is also a testament to the passion, care and knowledge of our brewers who continue to create this delicious beer for everyone to savour and we hope it will continue to be as much-loved long into the future.”

Abbot Ale is available in supermarkets, stockists and pubs across the UK and on Greene King’s Online Shop. Find out more about Abbot Ale and other Greene King brands here:


Notes to editors

Greene King is the country’s leading pub company and brewer with c.2,600 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

At Greene King we are passionate about delivering our purpose to ‘pour happiness into lives’. That’s for our customers, our team, our pub partners, our suppliers and the communities in which we live, operate and serve. Founded in 1799 with offices in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and Burton on Trent in Staffordshire we employ around 39,000 people across the group with four divisions: Greene King pubs, Destination Brands, Partnership and Ventures, and Brewing & Brands.

  • Greene King pubs are located where people and communities come together; pubs enjoyed in cities, towns and villages throughout the country
  • Destination Brands is a mixture of food and drink-led brands including Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Wacky Warehouse, and Pub & Carvery, Pub & Dining and Pub & Grill
  • Partnerships & Ventures includes Pub Partners, which runs our tenanted and leased pubs business and Hive Franchise pubs, and our Ventures Brands which is made up of Metropolitan Pub Company, Hickory’s, Hotels Group and Crafted Pubs
  • Brewing & Brands covers the brewing sides of the business. Quality ales are brewed at the Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds and the Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar. Our industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Ice Breaker and Belhaven Best and our premium beers, Level Head and Flint Eye, brewed for the modern-day drinker.

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