Chris Drummond, of Good Things Brewing Co, accpepting the award from Mike Impson, of sponsor Saxon Packaging
The awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers and judged by a panel of industry experts, were revealed in an awards ceremony last night at BeerX UK 2019.
As well as winning the overall top award, the brewery also won the green business award for its unique process of drying grain that is left over after the beer brewing process is finished.
Neil Walker, SIBA’s business awards judges’ chair, said: “Good Things Brewing Co impressed judges with their unique approach to all aspects of their business and how their core beliefs as brewers shone through, not only in their branding but in their actions as an independent craft brewer.
“Their truly innovative process is drying and repurposing spent grain as flour that could then be used for baking. Not only does this solve a common problem for all breweries, but the unique solar-powered process showed a broader respect for the environment.”
Sam Robinson, co-founder of Good Things Brewing Co, said: “We want to be the world’s first self-sustaining brewery. One thing that isn’t really tackled in the beer industry is spent grain.” Since the company’s launch just two years ago, it has made a name for itself as an innovator in eco-brewing.
The awards recognise excellence across the beer and brewing industry, from independent craft breweries making efforts to improve their green credentials, to bars, retailers and restaurants who have shown a talent for supplying the best beer in the UK.
Black Sheep won the marketing implementation award for its Tour de Yorkshire marketing campaign. Big Drop Brewing Co — which specialises in low- and no-alcohol beers — took home the business innovation award. Boss Brewing won the commercial achievement award. Two Tribes Blitzed was named the best individual design. Stewart Brewing won best concept design. Charles Faram was named by brewers as the best industry supplier, while The Epicurean, in Stockport, was named best single independent retailer, and Lincoln Green best multiple retailer. The Curry Leaf Café in Brighton was named best craft beer restaurant, Beer Day Britain won best on-trade promotion, and Waitrose best off-trade promotion. The Copper Bar, in Swansea, won best city craft beer bar or pub, and the Bowland Beer Hall won best rural craft beer bar or pub.
The awards were presented yesterday evening at the BeerX UK beer and brewing trade event at Liverpool Exhibition Centre. The trade-only event continues for a second day today, and more information can be found via beerx.org