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19th June 2023

Steel Keg Assoc Announce 2023 Keg Champions in Celebration of World Refill Day

The Keg Champion Awards honour bars, breweries and restaurants that embrace the benefits of reusable steel kegs and casks

The Steel Keg Association (SKA) is honouring the inaugural 2023 Keg Champions for UK today, World Refill Day, in celebration of pubs, bars, breweries and restaurants embracing the remarkable benefits REUSABLE steel kegs and casks deliver; sustainability, efficiency and a fresh experience most consumers can’t get at home.

The 2023 Keg Champion Award recipients for UK in seven categories comprise:

  1. Stonegate Pub Co – National restaurant
  2. Bundobust – Regional restaurant
  3. St John Restaurant – Local restaurant
  4. Adnams – Large Brewery (100,000+ hl)
  5. Purity Brewing Co – Mid-sized Brewery (10,001 – 100,000 hl)
  6. Toast Ale – Small Brewery (fewer than 10,000hl)
  7. The Tap House Notts – Draft Innovation

Stainless steel kegs’ reusability and 30+ year lifespan make them the ideal circular choice for pubs, breweries, bars and restaurants.  The Steel Keg Association created the Keg Champion Awards to recognise hospitality leaders’ sustainability programmes and the positive impacts of steel kegs on the beverage industry.

Dan Vorlage, Executive Director of the Steel Keg Association and MicroStar Logistics’ VP of Global Marketing, comments: “We were blown away by the response to the first Keg Champion programme. Over 3,000 breweries, pubs, bars and restaurants were nominated!  While this is really about celebrating all of the keg champions out there, we’re proud to raise a pint to our inaugural recipients, each a standard bearer in their category. They were distinguished by their commitment to sustainability and to delivering differentiated consumer experiences. Importantly, we also have a shared belief that this is not the culmination of an awards programme, but just the beginning. Cheers to these winners and all of the keg champions out there.”

In addition to winning a coveted, iconic green Keg Champion Award (physically, the biggest award in the history of the food and beverage industry!), the Steel Keg Association will donate £7,000 to benefit seven charitable organisations chosen by the 2023 Keg Champions.


About the Steel Keg Association

The Steel Keg Association is a marketing-focused, non-profit organisation on a mission to help increase the volume of beer and other beverages served from stainless steel kegs.   The Association’s members represent a diverse collection of leaders in the global steel keg supply chain:  BLEFA GmbH, Disptek Group, the BevPros,  Mico Matic, MicroStar Logistics, Schaefer Container Systems and Thielmann.   The SKA is headquartered in Denver, CO. To learn more or get involved email or visit

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