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21st March 2013

Woodforde’s Named ‘Business of the Year’

Woodforde’s Brewery has been named Brewery Business of the Year at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) BeerX Business Awards.

The brewery, based in Woodbastwick, Norfolk, scooped the coveted accolade along with the prestigious Best Customer Service Award at the ceremony held in Sheffield on Friday 15th March 2013.

Judges were impressed by the Woodforde’s Club, with its 19,000 members and the biannual Woodforde’s East Anglia Ale Trail (this year expected to take in around 700 pubs); both of which demonstrate the brewery’s commitment to both the customers who love Woodforde’s beers and the retailers who sell it.

Rupert Farquharson, Managing Director at Woodforde’s comments: “We’re well known for our award-winning beers but it’s wonderful to be recognised for what goes on behind the scenes. The whole team at the brewery is completely committed to attracting more people who love real ale into pubs, so being named Business of the Year by our peers is incredibly important to us.”

Keith Bott, SIBA chairman, said: “Brewing a quality craft beer isn’t in itself a route to commercial success – brewers need to market their beers, design professional pump clips and labels, support their customers and engage with their local communities.  With talented and dedicated individuals like the team at Woodforde’s at the forefront of local brewing, we should be optimistic about the prospects for the sector, which is continuing to show growth well ahead of the total UK beer market.”

In 2011, Woodforde’s celebrated 30 years of brewing and will be launching its seventh East Anglia Ale Trail on Fathers Day Sunday 16th June 2013.







Woodforde’s is located at Woodbastwick, close to the picturesque Norfolk Broads and in its 31 years of brewing has produced a number of patriotic ales (including two Supreme Champion Beers of Britain!) which reflect the rich heritage of Norfolk and wider East Anglia.


As the name suggests, Woodforde’s is proud of its Norfolk roots; the company is named after 18th century bon viveur Parson Woodforde who enjoyed nothing more than good food and fine ale which he generously shared with his parishioners.


Woodforde’s remains true to its original aim of brewing fantastic beer, made only with the finest ingredients including whole flower hops and the best quality Norfolk-grown malted barley. Water comes from Woodforde’s own on-site borehole and was one of the reasons the brewery moved to Woodbastwick back in 1989!



Twitter: @Woodfordesale

Tel: 01603 720353

Shop Tel: 01603 722 218



About the SIBA Business Awards

The SIBA Brewing Business Awards celebrate the business development skills and entrepreneurial flair of SIBA’s 650+ members and complement the organisation’s Beer Competition, which recognises the best beers produced by smaller brewers.



Woodforde’s Beers


Wherry (ABV 3.8%) – Style: Bitter Fresh and zesty with crisp floral flavours.


Sundew (ABV 4.1%) – Style: Golden Subtle and refreshing.


Nelson’s Revenge (ABV 4.5%) – Style: Special Bitter Rich and floral aromas.                               

Admiral’s Reserve (ABV 5%) – Style: Strong Ale Sweet fruit flavour, with a dark chestnut-coloured beer.


Mardler’s (ABV 3.5%) – Style: Mild Gentle and delicate beer, an ideal appetiser.


Norfolk Nog (ABV 4.6%) – Style: Old Ale Smooth, rich and rounded ‘Old Ale’ with hints of chocolate, treacle and liquorice.


Once Bittern (ABV 4%) – Style: Pale Ale with a distinctive aroma of rich spice and citrus fruit.


Woodforde’s Headcracker (ABV 7%) – Style: Golden barley wine Pale but strong and full-bodied.


Woodforde’s brewery tours are open to the public. To check dates, times and availability please call the Woodforde’s Shop and Visitor Centre on 01603 722218 or email


Members Club

‘The Woodforde’s Club’ – Woodforde’s members club, free to join and members receive up-to-date newsletters, a Woodforde’s Club card which entitles them to various special offers, including discounts on bottled beers and Beerboxes, and a range of other brewery products. To join the club email your details to



Woodforde’s Ltd

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