Blackburn brewer Thwaites wins 11 industry awards

BOSSES at an East Lancashire brewery have enjoyed a successful year after scooping 11 awards.

Blackburn-based Thwaites has won awards for six of its ales in a variety of awards ceremonies both at home and abroad.

And the Penny Street firm narrowly missed out an a 12th accolade, when Janet Wallace was shortlisted for the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ business manager of the year award earlier this month.

The awards won by Thwaites this year were:

  • Pub champion at the British Beer and Pub Association awards.
  • Gold in the drinks packaging category for its Signature Range at the Design Effectiveness Awards.
  • Best tenanted/leased pub company with more than 200 sites at The Publican Awards.
  • Lancaster Bomber won silver medal in the pale ales and bitter category at the International Beer Challenge (IBC).
  • Bronze in the golden ale category at the IBC for Triple C.
  • Tavern Porter won the IBC’s bronze medal in the porter category.
  •  The porter also won gold in the porter category at the Belgium Beer Competition and European Beer Star awards.
  • Old Dan won bronze medals in both the old ales and packaging design categories of the IBC.
  • Nutty Black was named the world’s best dark mild and Europe’s best dark mild at the World Beer Awards.
  • Europe’s best golden ale for Wainwright, also at the World Beer Awards.

Ian Bearpark, brewing director at Thwaites, said: “The pleasing aspect is seeing these 11 awards spread across a number of our beers, demonstrating we have strength in depth.

“If you take a look at some of the beers we have beaten into second and third place, you have to stand back and raise a glass in recognition of the fantastic job our brewing team is doing across the board.”

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6:56pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Jack Herer says...

Great to see a local firm do so well - big pat on the back all round. Always a good pint too.

My first ever pint was a t'wates. It was in Daniels wine bar that used to be next to the brewery. I was still at school. I couldn't believe they served me. I made the most of it according. On making it home I was sick on my front door step. Happy days!
Great to see a local firm do so well - big pat on the back all round. Always a good pint too. My first ever pint was a t'wates. It was in Daniels wine bar that used to be next to the brewery. I was still at school. I couldn't believe they served me. I made the most of it according. On making it home I was sick on my front door step. Happy days! Jack Herer
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12:35am Sun 30 Dec 12

devo12 says...

come back to reality, thwaites beers are below average at best. International Beer Challenge (IBC). and World Beer Awards are Mickey Mouse awards, created by brewers to award themselves these "Gold Medals". When did Thwaites last win a PROPER independent beer competition like the CAMRA beer awards held every year in London (or even at a local CAMRA beer festival)??? No they don't win these awards, just the ones that they create for their own marketing purposes. Thwaites USED TO MAKE great beer, sadly no longer.
come back to reality, thwaites beers are below average at best. International Beer Challenge (IBC). and World Beer Awards are Mickey Mouse awards, created by brewers to award themselves these "Gold Medals". When did Thwaites last win a PROPER independent beer competition like the CAMRA beer awards held every year in London (or even at a local CAMRA beer festival)??? No they don't win these awards, just the ones that they create for their own marketing purposes. Thwaites USED TO MAKE great beer, sadly no longer. devo12
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10:37am Sun 30 Dec 12

Kwakrider777 says...

Devo12 you should be called divo12 you are talkin out your arse !
Devo12 you should be called divo12 you are talkin out your arse ! Kwakrider777
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11:25am Sun 30 Dec 12

coates warder says...

thwaites is nothing more than mass rubbish like tetley's worthingtons etc no flavor no body and just a bitter taste.give me a small brewery every time. tetley's years ago was a fantastic pint now sadly no more than high priced rubbish and mostly brewed down south. thwaites is just the same.no taste to it.beers need to be crafted not get it through the door as fast as possible.try some small brewers there are lots around and you will soon tell the difference.enjoy
thwaites is nothing more than mass rubbish like tetley's worthingtons etc no flavor no body and just a bitter taste.give me a small brewery every time. tetley's years ago was a fantastic pint now sadly no more than high priced rubbish and mostly brewed down south. thwaites is just the same.no taste to it.beers need to be crafted not get it through the door as fast as possible.try some small brewers there are lots around and you will soon tell the difference.enjoy coates warder
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3:31pm Sun 30 Dec 12

hasslem hasslem says...

this just looks like the LT has printed a Thwaites press release - nowt wrong with that and if the brewer has won these awards it is right to celebrate them.

personally, whilst you can get a cracking pint in some pubs and some of their signature ranges have indeed been excellent - my own view is that for too many years the company put miles too much of its marketing and brewing effort into pushing that vile "smooth" guana, which is as close to a real ale as a lizard is to a speedboat.

the choice of quality cask beers in the country has increased massively in recent years and there are loads of top-notch local brews such as bank-top, prospect and 3-bees (among many others).....but of the larger concerns - i can't believe that thwaites has allowed moorhouses to capture the local reputation of top-dogs in north east lancashire.
this just looks like the LT has printed a Thwaites press release - nowt wrong with that and if the brewer has won these awards it is right to celebrate them. personally, whilst you can get a cracking pint in some pubs and some of their signature ranges have indeed been excellent - my own view is that for too many years the company put miles too much of its marketing and brewing effort into pushing that vile "smooth" guana, which is as close to a real ale as a lizard is to a speedboat. the choice of quality cask beers in the country has increased massively in recent years and there are loads of top-notch local brews such as bank-top, prospect and 3-bees (among many others).....but of the larger concerns - i can't believe that thwaites has allowed moorhouses to capture the local reputation of top-dogs in north east lancashire. hasslem hasslem
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3:55pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Chris P Bacon says...

Coates and Hasslem pretty much hitting the nail on the head there. It WAS an excellent pint but has now been caught up and is chasing the mass-produced flavourless bandwagon to make money, not beer, and that comes across in its taste. Small breweries every time for me although I had to laugh last month when I was in a 'brew-house' in Durango, Colorado and presented with a menu that described Scottish and Newcastle as, and I shiteth thee not, 'a micro-brewery'!
Coates and Hasslem pretty much hitting the nail on the head there. It WAS an excellent pint but has now been caught up and is chasing the mass-produced flavourless bandwagon to make money, not beer, and that comes across in its taste. Small breweries every time for me although I had to laugh last month when I was in a 'brew-house' in Durango, Colorado and presented with a menu that described Scottish and Newcastle as, and I shiteth thee not, 'a micro-brewery'! Chris P Bacon
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9:49am Mon 31 Dec 12

happycyclist says...

Thwaites Original is still the standard for bitter as far as I'm concerned, and Wainright's has established itself as an excellent ale. Their mild (sadly rebranded for fashion's sake to some forgettable name) is as good a mild as you'll get anywhere -if you can find it. The niche beers that they produce from their micro-brewery are superb -for example, their seasonal 'Good Elf' is a proper seasonal ale that tastes like Christmas pudding on the first sip, and isn't just another bland ale that has been given a seasonal name and pump clip.
But why are Thwaites running the industry down with the closure of so many pubs and the unavailability of their best beers, locally?
Thwaites Original is still the standard for bitter as far as I'm concerned, and Wainright's has established itself as an excellent ale. Their mild (sadly rebranded for fashion's sake to some forgettable name) is as good a mild as you'll get anywhere -if you can find it. The niche beers that they produce from their micro-brewery are superb -for example, their seasonal 'Good Elf' is a proper seasonal ale that tastes like Christmas pudding on the first sip, and isn't just another bland ale that has been given a seasonal name and pump clip. But why are Thwaites running the industry down with the closure of so many pubs and the unavailability of their best beers, locally? happycyclist
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9:50am Mon 31 Dec 12

happycyclist says...

Get in the Golden Cup in Darwen if you want to sample the very best of Thwaites.
Get in the Golden Cup in Darwen if you want to sample the very best of Thwaites. happycyclist
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