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12th August 2019


Wadworth’s iconic 6X Original Ale has won World’s Best in the Pale Beer Bitter (up to 4.5% ABV) category at this year’s World Beer Awards. This follows on from it receiving Silver in 2018 and Gold in 2017 for the UK category and is a major accolade for the independent regional family brewer.


Head Brewer at Wadworth, Rob Jacobson said, “This is a first and a fantastic achievement. It’s all the more special as we have built on the UK awards received in 2018 and 2017.  To win the World’s Best in a category for 6X is testament to the continuous improvement we are striving towards.”


The awards didn’t stop at 6X as Wadworth also took the UK Gold for the spirit infused beer category with Swordfish for the second year running.


Wadworth’s trophy cabinet is filling up with these latest awards alongside three awards from the International Beer Challenge; Silver for Wadworth’s gluten free beer 6X Gold in the ‘Speciality Beer’ category in 2019. 6X Gold also took bronze in in the ‘Ale’ category and a further bronze in the ‘Speciality Beer’ category in 2017.


Chris Welham, CEO of Wadworth, said: “We are hugely proud of receiving the World’s Best Beer award. 6X continues to be one of the most famous and well-loved ales from the south west of England, and we are truly honoured that a regional family brewer based in Devizes can get world recognition”.


Pictured:  World Beer Award – Best Beer 2019

Pictured: 6X and Swordfish handpulls

Press Contact: Elaine Beckett Email: Tel: 07802 782115

Notes to Editors

About Wadworth

Wadworth is a regional pub operator and family brewer, with nearly 200 pubs across the South West of Britain. Founded by Henry A Wadworth, the family business passed to his founding partner John Smith Bartholomew and is now in the fourth generation of ownership by the Bartholomew family. Wadworth has brewed beer in Devizes, Wiltshire, since 1875. Its pub estate is split between tenanted and managed pubs and Wadworth works hard to ensure that its pubs offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent quality food and drink including its iconic original ale brand, 6X.  For more information visit:

About the World Beer Awards

The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the ‘World’s Best Beers’ to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Beers must be generally available and for sale in bottles or cans.

About 6X

Wadworth’s famous 6X ale and its widely loved flavour. It is a well-rounded beer that’s copper in colour with a fruity, malty finish.