Beer52 Awards 2021

Celebrate a year of brewing excellence

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This year’s Beer52 Awards finally feels like we have permission to celebrate, after a comprehensively brutal 18 months, in which any kind of congratulation either felt tactless or a little too much like tempting fate.

And looking at our list of victorious breweries, there is much to celebrate. This past 12 months we’ve seen some outstanding beers coming before the tasting panel, many of which hail from British brewers who have really raised their game during lockdown, and maintained that surge of quality and innovation as restrictions have eased. This has made our job as judges all the harder, but our lives as beer lovers much more enjoyable.

As ever, our selections are based on your ratings on beer52.com, with guidance from our expert tasting panel, and then close collaboration with the winning breweries to pick the beers that best reflect the award categories.

The resulting line-up this year is something we’re genuinely very proud of, featuring several old favourites, alongside breweries whose recent progress we’ve watched with interest, and new and impressive entrants. In short, you’ll find this is a box of all killer, no filler (which they all are, of course, but this box especially). In the following articles, we’ve spoken to each of the winning breweries about what they’ve been up to lately, but also what inspired the beer they’ve picked to represent them.

For the first time this year, the Beer52 and Ferment teams have also put their heads together for several new award categories. These acknowledge the organisations and individuals that have contributed most to wider craft beer culture, through blogs, books, podcasts and activism – after all, this shared passion of ours is about much more than the liquid in your glass.

That said, I strongly recommend a root through the beer guide just now, picking a couple for the fridge and celebrating with a cold one. This year, I think we’ve all earned a wee reward.

Find out the winners of 2021

• • •  Best IPA • • •

• • •  Best Session IPA • • •

• • •  Best Pale • • •

• • •  Best Lager • • •

• • • Best Dark Beer • • •

• • • You've come a long way, baby • • •

• • • Best Artwork • • •

• • • Member’s Choice • • •

• • • Best Newcomer • • •

• • • Best Taproom Experience • • •

• • • Best Collaboration Project • • •

• • • Innovation Award • • •  

• • • Lifetime achievement for contribution to UK craft beer • • •

• • • UK Champion Brewery • • •  SILVER

• • • UK Champion Brewery • • •  GOLD

• • • EU Champion Brewery • • •  SILVER

• • • EU Champion Brewery • • •  GOLD

• • • Best Beer Podcast • • • 

• • • Best Beer Book • • • 

• • • Best Beer Blog • • • 

• • • Keep the Change • • •

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