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19th August 2013

Home Brewers get the chance to live the dream

Specialist craft beer pubco, The Craft Beer Co, are launching a new set of awards aimed at home brewers, with the overall winner getting the chance to brew their beer commercially and win a £5k cash prize.

 The awards will recognize beers across a wide range of categories, with the overall winner of ‘The Craft Beer Co Home Brewer of the Year’, handed a £5k cash prize and the opportunity to brew their winning beer commercially with the Dark Star Brewing Co, one of the UK’s most exciting breweries.

 Commenting, The Craft Beer Co MD, Martin Hayes, said: “There’s never been a better time to drink craft beer. There are so many great brewers producing such a diverse range of beers, it’s frankly amazing. People often overlook the fact that most of the well-known craft brewers started as enthusiastic home brewers. The winner will have their winning beer brewed commercially and will be available to the trade as well as being stocked across The Craft Beer Co estate. Our hope is that following the launch of their beer, the prize will act as seed funding for their own commercial venture. We’re extremely excited about these awards – giving recognition to, and helping nurture the next generation of great brewers is absolutely at the heart of our business”. Adding: “Leading up to, and beyond the awards, we will have regular gatherings for home brewers to share ideas and will be converting a room at our Islington pub in the newly named ‘Home Brewers’ Room’ where eventually we’ll have our Hall of Fame showcasing the annual award winners.”




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Wheat Beer


Entry deadline is Jan 7th with the winners announced on February 3rd at an event to be held at The Craft Beer Co, Islington, London.


Home Brew Club evenings will start at The Craft Beer Co, Islington from September 2nd (then every Monday night) an opportunity for home brewers to share their beer with other likeminded individuals and pub regulars. Each month they’ll also be a guest speaker sharing their wisdom.


Full details of the awards can be found at:





The Craft Beer Co have sites in London’s Clerkenwell, Islington and Brixton along with a site in Brighton




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James Cuthbertson



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