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2nd October 2014


Award-winning Northern brewer, Thwaites is gaining global recognition for its ales after scooping not just one but five awards at this year’s World Beer Awards – three for ‘World’s Best’.

The brewer’s Crafty Dan range stole the limelight with the dark English ale Big Ben and the fruity pale ale Crafty Dan being awarded the ‘World’s Best’ brown and golden ales. The popular American IPA, 13 Guns also received the award for ‘Europe’s Best’ IPA and the English pale ale Triple C scooped the Silver award for Europe’s Best Golden.

Such recognition comes hot on the heels of a number of prestigious awards for the increasingly popular craft ale range, including Big Ben which recently struck gold at the Hong Kong beer awards and 13 Guns which took silver at the recent Indie Beer Can Festival.


Lee Williams, Thwaites marketing manager said: “This is a huge achievement for us, the World Beer Awards are highly prestigious and reward excellent beers from around the world, so to have received recognition across our portfolio is fantastic. It also demonstrates how much our ale brands have developed over the years with the growing popularity of our Crafty Dan range which are quickly becoming some of the most talked-about beers in the industry.”


Amongst the other ‘World Best’ winners was Thwaites 3.9% ABV dark mild Nutty Black, which scooped the award for ‘World Best’ Mild.


The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles. Each beer is blind tasted in heats by a panel of judges.


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About Daniel Thwaites

Daniel Thwaites is the North of England’s major independent family brewer. Founded in 1807, Thwaites has a rich heritage providing welcoming hospitality and award-winning beers that are brewed with skill and care from the highest quality ingredients.


Thwaites owns an estate of over 300 pubs, a small but growing group of characterful coaching inns and six four-star full service regional hotels and spas, which trade under the Shire Hotels banner.


In addition, Thwaites supplies a full range of drinks to many independently owned pubs, clubs and restaurants in the North of England and beyond and a wide range of bottled beers to most major supermarkets.