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2nd March 2012

BGBW member’s shop – ‘Favourite Beers’ wins top Industry Award

Cheltenham based Specialist Beer and cider Shop – ‘Favourite Beers’ recently received the top honour in their business when they were awarded the prestigious ‘Independent Beer Retailer of the Year’ title at the Industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – ’The Drinks Retailing Awards’. The awards ceremony was hosted by trade magazine ‘Off Licence News’ at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday 7th February.

Favourite Beers only started trading in October 2010 and since that time have expanded their incredible range to now stock over 750 different beers and ciders both from the UK and across the world. They hold regular in shop tasting and ‘meet the brewer’ evenings and have quickly established themselves as a ‘destination’ shopping venue, attracting regular customers from all parts of the country as well as a very loyal Gloucestershire customer base.

Leigh Norwood, owner of Favourite Beers is a British Guild of Beer Writers member who has been passionate about beer for many years, but it was only after meeting some of the great people in the beer industry whilst organising the Cheltenham Beer Festival (which has raised money for a local charity for the last six years), that he decided on a change of career, moving out of the IT industry and into beer.

Leigh said of the awards “We were totally blown away to even get nominated for this award so to win is absolutely fantastic. I think we have shown that if you invest enough passion and energy into a new business, even in the current economic climate, you can achieve real success and recognition.”

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