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1st April 2015


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West Berkshire Brewery took its beer to Sheffield in March to compete against other beers from across the country at the BeerX National Beer Competition 2015 organised by SIBA (the Society of Independent Brewers). Dr Hexter’s Healer earnt its place at the national finals by winning an award in the regional SIBA beer competition. One of just a handful of beers from Berkshire it was judged against beers of the same style from all across the country. All the beers are judged by a panel of more than 100 judges and then are sold to drinkers at the BeerX Festival of Beer.


West Berkshire Brewery are thrilled to announce that Dr Hexter’s Healer won a silver award at the SIBA beer competition. We are very proud of our range of beers and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to compete nationally against some of the finest beers from across the country.


Also, West Berkshire Brewery are delighted to say that their Tommy Atkins Traditional Ale was recognised at BeerX as they won an award for Best Marketing and Communications. Celebrations all round at the brewery!

SIBA managing director Mike Benner said, “There are now more than 1,400 small brewers in the UK, producing innovative, flavourful beers that have fuelled the regeneration of the British beer market and introduced millions of consumers to our national drink.

“With hundreds of beers entered into at our regional beer competitions, winning an award and progressing to the national finals is a mark of a quality beer and West Berkshire Brewery should be very proud of their achievement.”


BeerX is an annual celebration of British beer, organised by the Society of Independent Brewers. This year, it takes place at iceSheffield from 18-21 March. The event includes: speeches from some of the beer industry’s leading figures; seminars on a variety of beer-related topics, delivered by experts in their field and the announcement of the National Beer Competition and SIBA Business Awards winners. On 20-21 March, SIBA stages the BeerX Festival of Beer, showcasing more than 300 beers, all of them finalists in SIBA’s National Beer Competition. It is the biggest beer festival to offer drinkers a choice of cask, keg and bottled beers from across the country.



Vicky Mills 01635 202968

About West Berkshire Brewery


□     The West Berkshire Brewery is an award-winning, independent brewery founded in 1995 situated in Yattendon, Berkshire.


□     Since March 2013, WBB has been led by its Chairman, David Bruce, who, during a 48-year international brewing career, founded Bruce’s Brewery and the Firkin pub chain in 1979.


□     WBB produces a selection of the highest quality craft-brewed beers and ales, both cask-conditioned and in bottles.


□     WBB uses traditional brewing techniques and prides itself on using British raw materials.


□     The multi-award winning, classic bitter, Good Old Boy (4% ABV), is a perennial favourite. This flagship beer has been a best seller since first brewed in 1995. It is now the official ale of Reading Football Club.


□     WBB beers have won over 40 awards including Champion Strong Beer of Britain and, most recently, the International Beer Challenge Awards as well as two Great Taste Awards.


□     WBB’s range of delicious beers is available in many free houses across the country. Most prestigiously, its bottled beers are available in Fortnum & Mason, Waitrose, Tesco and Majestic Wines.


□     The brewery capacity, at its current site, is 210 barrels per week, 11,000 barrels per year.


□     Based on the current growth rate WBB expects to outgrow the existing brewery and is planning to move to a new high-spec site allowing for a tenfold increase in production.


For more information on WBB and its outstanding range of beers, please


call 01635 202968 or email