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1st December 2021

Milk Made Stout is Udderly Triumphant

International Brewing Awards Gold for Hall & Woodhouse

The return to the ‘dark side’ for Dorset independent family brewer Hall & Woodhouse has been rewarded, with a Gold Medal for its innovative Milk Made Stout in the prestigious International Brewing Awards (IBA).

Milk Made, a 5.2% ABV bottled milk stout with layers of Chocolate, Vanilla and Coconut, won Gold in the Speciality Beer class recognising beers with special features – in Milk Made’s case, the complex and indulgent added flavours.

Launched in 2020, Milk Made is one of several new, contemporary beers created under Hall & Woodhouse’s ambitious NPD programme to complement the core Badger Beers brand. There were also IBA accolades for two Badger cask ales, with a Gold for Badger Red Roaster and a Silver for Badger Fursty Ferret.

Drinks Marketing Manager Matt Woodhouse said: “Milk Made is the first dark beer we’ve brewed in Blandford for some years. We think it’s ‘udderly’ delicious, but it’s great to have that confirmed by the expert IBA judges. We have hugely experienced and talented brewing teams working on all our beers, and, of course, it’s equally gratifying for the IBA to recognise the quality and craft of our cask range.

“It’s an exciting time for Hall & Woodhouse, as we continue to develop new and innovative craft beers that complement our established strength as a brewer of fine traditional bottled and cask ales.

“We have exciting NPD plans for 2022, to appeal to new and existing Badger Beers drinkers, and it’s great to be going into a busy new year with these prestigious awards under our belt.”

The International Brewing Awards began in 1888, and are judged entirely by practising brewers. A medal is recognition by fellow professionals that a beer is an outstanding commercial example of its style.

Milk Made Stout is available exclusively through the Badger Direct online store, or at the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery Shop in Blandford, Dorset. It is packaged in 500ml bottles and sold in cases of six (£17.00) or 12 (£32.50).

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Notes to editors

  • Badger Beers have been brewed in Blandford, Dorset since 1777 by independent regional family brewers, Hall & Woodhouse, who also own around 180 pubs across the south of England. The business is now under the stewardship of the seventh generation of the Woodhouse family.
  • The Badger range of characterful, award-winning beers have widespread, national distribution, with listings in all major supermarkets and in thousands of independent grocery and specialist drinks stores, as well as with leading wholesalers and cash & carry outlets.
  • The Badger portfolio includes established, well-known ales including Golden Champion, Fursty Ferret and Tangle Foot, which are among the UK’s Top 10 fastest-growing PBA (premium bottled ale) brands.
  • More recently, Hall & Woodhouse has embarked on an ambitious NPD programme, which, coupled with the expertise of their brewing team led by Master Brewer Toby Heasman, has resulted in new beers including Fropical Ferret, a fruity IPA; Twice Tangled, a double-hopped IPA; and Milk Maid, a milk stout with notes of chocolate, vanilla and coconut. A New England IPA, launched in autumn 2021, is the first beer in a new Small Batch Series from Hall & Woodhouse.
  • Badger Beers have won an impressive number of awards in UK and international beer competitions. In 2021 Golden Champion won a Silver medal in the World Beer Awards, while Fursty Ferret took Bronze in the same competition as well as in the Great Taste Awards.
  • Badger Beers are proud of their Dorset heritage. Support for the local community includes sponsorship of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, the county’s nature conservation charity.
  • Badger Beers is also a patron of the Royal British Legion’s Centenary in 2021, and is featured in its ‘Cooking with Heroes’ book.
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