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5th October 2020


  • Speak Easy, Powderkeg’s flagship session pale ale was awarded three stars at Great Taste 2020 – awarded to the top 1% of food and drink products from over 12,000 entries. 
  • Cut Loosethe brewery’s hoppy pilsner was awarded UK’s Best Premium Lager by the Society of Independent Brewers in 2020 to go along with a bronze at the World Beer Awards.
  • Green Lighttheir ground-breaking low alcohol pale ale, won the UK’s Best Low Alcohol Pale Ale at the World Beer Awards 2019.

Powderkeg’s ‘Speak Easy’ flagship session pale ale has been awarded the coveted three-star Great Taste Award for 2020. This award complements other recent national awards including the UK’s Best Premium Lager award from the Society of Independent Brewers for the brewery’s hoppy pilsner, ‘Cut Loose’. The World Beer Award for the UK’s Best Low Alcohol Pale Ale was awarded to the brewery’s ‘Green Light’, a ground-breaking low alcohol pale ale. The talented brewers continue to build on their success with their innovative and creative beers.

The Great Taste Awards are the world’s most trusted food and drink awards and is recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike. Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and drink awards.  As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours of blind tasting.

The judges couldn’t be happier with Speak Easy, commenting; “Wow! Tropical nose, fruity and zesty on the palate. Grapefruit, pine and citrus with a soft bright straw yellow presentation. Orange pith and citrus rind. Fresh”.

With another stating, “The light golden colour and marvellous clarity beckon you on, as does the gentle grapefruit nose, which is nicely in control”.

Powderkeg Beer Co-founder, Jess Magill talks about their award success: “The PK philosophy has always been to carve our own path. We have always been confident in our ability to make interesting and original beer, and, as such, we have never felt the need to jump on bandwagons or be the next big thing. These awards are a great recognition that our unique session style makes not only for great drinking here in Devon, but also stands out as exceptional on the national stage”.

Powderkeg’s range of packaged products has seen a significant uplift in sales since the beginning of 2020. Consumers have been taking advantage of the brewery’s online delivery service during the pandemic, ordering the award-winning brews direct to their doorsteps. With the entire range benefiting from Gluten Free and the majority suitable for Vegans, there is a beer to suit almost every taste.

“The support from our community this year has been amazing!” explains John Magill, Powderkeg’s Co-founder, and Head Brewer.  “It has kept us going through some challenging times and we really want to say a massive thank you to everyone for drinking the beer and supporting us. It is incredibly heart-warming to feel that everyone is standing with us. The awards give us great professional satisfaction but on a personal level it’s absolutely amazing to see so many people enjoying what we do”.

Powderkeg Beer continues to develop forward-thinking beer in an easy-drinking Devon style. Cans are available to buy online at or through independent stockists.


Notes to Editors

For press enquiries please contact: Rachael Miles – / 07921 314931 or for beer enquiries please contact: Jess Magill,  07810 407724

Powderkeg Beer

Brewer owned and run since beginning in 2014 and award-winning on the local, national and international stages from the start, Powderkeg is revolutionising beer in the South West, making forward thinking beer in an easy-drinking Devon style.

Taking influences from US craft and classic European brewing and add their own unique twist to make modern English beers of the highest quality, beers that satisfy both craft enthusiasts and more traditional drinkers. Today, Powderkeg’s ‘Modern English’ style – full flavoured, perfectly balanced, and effortlessly drinkable – proves ever popular with drinkers from all walks of life. 

What is Great Taste?  Great Taste, founded in 1994 and organised by the Guild of Fine Food, has judged over 158,000 products in the last 27 years; each one has been blind-tasted by a team of judges who are dedicated to finding the most exquisite tasting food and drink regardless of branding or packaging.