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Top award for Thwaites beer

Thwaites beer has been named as best in the world at the beer industry’s Oscars.

13 Guns took the top prize in the cask ale 4.9%-6.9% ABV category at the International Brewing Awards.

The competition took place from March 5-7, with around 850 different beers tasted by a judging panel of 40 professional brewers.

Director of Pubs and Brewing at Thwaites, Andrew Buchanan, said: “We are delighted that 13 Guns won a gold award – this is the second time in a row that it has taken the top spot.

“It’s a really important competition for us, because the judging is done by experts in the industry and we were up against beers from around the world, so competition is fierce.

“It is particularly fantastic news for our brewers, as it is the first year they have entered this competition with beer brewed at our new brewery in Mellor Brook. We are incredibly proud of them.”

The competition had a range of categories, including lager, cask ale, dark beer, low-alcohol beer and speciality beer – 118 beers were judged in the cask ale category.

Judges have each voted for their overall favourite in each area and the overall winners will be named at a special event in London on May 1.

Thwaites has been brewing the American-style IPA 13 Guns for about five years. They brew it in cask format to sell exclusively in their own pubs, hotels and inns. There is also a keg and canned version of the Thwaites beer that is brewed under license by Marston’s for wider retail.