Richard’s crowned ‘Brewer of the Year’

We’ve got some great news to share…Richard Westwood, our MD of Beer Company, has been named ‘Brewer of the Year’ in the annual British Guild of Beer Writers awards.

It celebrates the contribution Richard and the team have made to the brewing industry – what an achievement!

Richard Westwood, MD – Beer Company, was named British Guild of Beer Writers ‘Brewer of the Year’ at its annual awards ceremony in London on 1 December. This is an incredible achievement and recognises Richard’s commitment to the brewing industry since joining Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries as a Lab Technician around 40 years ago.

The Guild was formed in 1988 to raise awareness of brewing and pubs. Its 300 members, and many more supporters, include beer media experts, as well as brewers, pub companies and various suppliers associated with the brewing trade. The 11 awards categories are judged by a panel of industry experts and further celebrate the importance beer and pubs play in today’s society.

When presenting the award, Guild chairman Tim Hampson said: “Richard is committed to producing classic beers, such as Pedigree and Banks’s Mild, while retaining the traditions of the five breweries owned by Marston’s. In addition, he has encouraged the development of innovative new beers, like the Revisionist and single hop ranges. He has worked in collaboration with other brewers and is constantly looking for new ways to ensure all beers are served as brewers want them to be. But more than this, Richard cares about beer drinkers. He has empowered consumers by encouraging them to have a greater understanding of the importance of the ingredients of beer.”

Richard said: “I’m proud to receive this award, and see it as much-deserved recognition for our Beer Company team. It tops off an exceptional few weeks for award wins, as well as the phenomenal response we’ve received following the launch of our new Marston’s beers branding.”

There’s more great news too – click here to read about some of our other recent success stories, including being named on the Morning Advertiser’s ‘Top 100 Drinks Brands’ list.

HUGE congratulations to Richard and our Beer Company team!


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