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West Berkshire Brewery

Coordinates: 51°28′2″N 1°12′17″W / 51.46722°N 1.20472°W / 51.46722; -1.20472

West Berkshire Brewery
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1995
Headquarters Yattendon, Berkshire, UK, England
Products Beer
Production output ≈4000 UK barrels
Owner(s) Dave and Helen Maggs
Website http://www.wbbrew.co.uk/

The West Berkshire Brewery is a microbrewery in Yattendon, Berkshire, United Kingdom. Founded in 1995 by husband and wife Dave and Helen Maggs, the brewery grew out of its original brickworks shed in Frilsham and now brews exclusively in Yattendon at a rate of 80 barrels per week.[1]

History

The brewery was founded in the summer of 1995 in a dilapidated building behind The Pot Kiln in Frilsham (approximately 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from the Yattendon site). It was within the first year of operations that the brewery won their first award.

Expansion

By 2000, the business had outgrown the original site and so opened a second unit in Yattendon, thus increasing capacity to 25 barrels per week. However, this proved insufficient and in 2006 more fermenter were installed, increasing yield by 220% (a total output of 80 barrels per week). With this, the Frilsham plant ceased operations in April 2007.

In 2005, the brewery acquired their first pub - the Rising Sun at Stockcross. In 2007, the pub secured the CAMRA West Berkshire Branch pub of the year award.[2]

Beers

The company produces a range of beers, including Maggs Magnificent Mild.[3]

Awards

The company has received a number of SIBA and CAMRA local beer festival awards.[4][5]

Year Beer Name Prize Category Competition
1995 Good Old Boy Overall Winner Beer of the Festival CAMRA White Horse Branch Beer Festival
1997 Dr Hexter's Healer Runner Up Beer of the Festival CAMRA Northamptonshire Branch Beer Festival
2002 Good Old Boy Gold Medal Best Bitter SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2002 Good Old Boy Second Reserve Champion Overall SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2002 Maggs Magnificent Mild Gold Medal Mild and Porter SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2002 Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter Silver Medal Standard Bitter SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2002 Dr Hexter's Healer Silver Medal Strong Ale SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2003 Maggs Magnificent Mild Gold Medal Mild and Porter SIBA National Beer Competition
2003 Full Circle Silver Medal Best Bitter CAMRA Great British Beer Festival
2004 Maggs Magnificent Mild Overall Winner Beer of the Festival Bracknell Blues and Real Ale Festival
2005 Maggs Magnificent Mild Gold Medal Mild CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2005 Maggs Magnificent Mild Third Place Overall CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2005 Maggs Magnificent Mild Gold Medal Mild SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2005 Maggs Magnificent Mild Bronze Medal Overall SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2005 Good Old Boy Silver Medal Best Bitter SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2005 Dr Hexter's Wedding Ale Third Place Best Bitter Norwich Beer Festival
2006 Maggs Magnificent Mild Silver Medal Mild SIBA National Beer Competition
2006 Maggs Magnificent Mild Silver Medal Mild CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2006 Old Father Thames Bronze Medal Light Bitters SIBA South East Region Beer Competition
2007 Skiff Gold Medal Standard Bitter CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2007 Full Circle Bronze Medal Premium Biter CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2007 Mash Tun Bronze Medal Best Bitter CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2008 Dr Hexter's Healer Gold Medal Best Local Beer CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2008 Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter Gold Medal In Category CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2008 Maggs Magnificent Mild Silver Medal In Category CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2009 Dr Hexter's Healer Gold Medal Best Local Beer CAMRA Reading Branch Beer Festival
2009 Dr Hexter's Healer Gold Medal In Category CAMRA London and South East Regional competition
2009 Good Old Boy Gold Medal In Category CAMRA London and South East Regional competition

References

External links

  • West Berkshire Brewery
  • The Campaign for Real Ale - West Berkshire Branch
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