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Bury St Edmunds brewery Greene King celebrates as ales scoop top accolades

Award winning: Greene King head brewer John Bexon and brewing and brands managing director Chris Poulton with the company's ten award winning ales ANL-140428-164900009

Award winning: Greene King head brewer John Bexon and brewing and brands managing director Chris Poulton with the company's ten award winning ales ANL-140428-164900009

Bosses at Greene King are raising a glass to celebrate after a range of ales scooped prestigious accolades.

The Bury St Edmunds brewery giant won eight gold and two silver Monde Selection Quality Awards after its ales were tested by a panel of experts for quality and taste.

Gold winners were Abbot Ale, Abbot Reserve, Old Golden Hen, St Edmunds, Strong Suffolk, Double Hop Monster, Yardbird and Belhaven Black. Meanwhile, silver awards went to Noble and Belhaven Twisted Thistle.

It comes hot on the heels the brewery’s success last year when Greene King’s IPA Reserve won grand gold and its IPA Gold won gold.

Chris Houlton, managing director for Greene King Brewing and Brands, said: “Once again, these awards clearly demonstrate our commitment to quality and the care and attention we put into crafting our beers.

“We are delighted that so many of our ales have won such high praise including new launches from our new craft range such as Yardbird and Double Hop Monster.

“It also confirms the quality of our much loved beers such as Abbot Ale and Old Golden Hen.”

Monde Selection tests consumer goods from across the world before awarding bronze, silver, gold and grand gold quality labels.

Thousands of products are tested every year by a panel of more than 70 independent judges including brewing engineers, Michelin starred chefs and chemical engineers.

The Bury Free Press sports desk was given a free sample of the award-winning beers.

Russell Claydon, deputy sports editor, said: “We found they stood out from the rest of the ales. They were full bodied and brimming with flavour.

“We particularly liked the Abbot Reserve for its strength of character.”

Greene King operates 2,300 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK.

 

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