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Thornbridge triumphs

At the recent SIBA Awards, Bakewell-based Thornbridge Brewery was recognised in four main categories, including being named as Brewery Business of the Year.

Thornbridge founders: Simon Webster (L) with Jim Harrison

in the Commercial Achievement category the brewery was a finalist; their online shop was highly commended and the company was also named as the winner of the Best Collaboration award.

The collaboration between Thornbridge and Budvar, which led to the creation of Czech Mates – a 4.8% Czech-style lager – resulted in the Best Collaboration award. The new lager was Budvar’s first co-production in their 128-year history.

Commenting on Thornbridge being named as Brewery Business of the Year, Pete Brown, beer writer and broadcaster, said: “Thornbridge is a superb beer business who impressed judges across the board, winning out with superb entries in some of the awards’ toughest categories. Huge congratulations to the Thornbridge team.”

Thornbridge Brewery’s co-founder, Simon Webster, was delighted with the awards: “To be recognised as Brewery Business of the Year is something we’re all so proud of at the brewery, it’s a testament to the hard work of the whole team.”

Thornbridge Brewery, which launched in 2005, is based at the Riverside Business Park in Bakewell.

Since launching, the company has picked up over 350 domestic and international awards, including over 100 for Jaipur, their flagship IPA.

The SIBA Awards, which are held every year, are judged by an independent panel of industry experts who aim to recognise and celebrate the hard work of breweries across the UK.

SIBA is a not-for-profit trade association that represents 750 breweries around the country.

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