OTTER NAMED 'BREWERY OF THE YEAR'
has been chosen by The Good Pub Guide as its ‘Brewery of the Year' for 2013.
The award follows an extremely busy summer in 2012 with our
beers being sold during the Olympics at Hyde Park and at six national music festivals culminating with Beautiful Days in East Devon.
It's absolutely fantastic to be honoured in this way as the guide, underpinned by personal
recommendations from thousands of loyal readers, has become a national
institution and a bible for pub goers.
The 2013 edition features 4,700 pubs
including 252 new entries. Editors Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley have this
year put particular emphasis on acknowledging pubs that go the ‘extra mile' for
customers during tough economic times.
Our accolade sits alongside a ‘Dining Pub of the Year' for each county. Taking top honours
for Devon was The Church House in Marldon. Devon also triumphed in the ‘Licensees of the Year' category with Peter and
Angela Gatling of the Merry Harriers at Clayhiddon near Cullompton drawing
special praise from the judges for their "extra-special commitment and care
for their customers even when rushed off their feet."
In awarding the title of ‘Brewery of the
Year' to Otter the Guide's editors commented:
"There is a rich variety of
beers brewed in the UK, from one-man operations through regional favourites to
international giants. It was over 20 years ago down in Devon that we first came
across a nicely named new beer called Otter - and can still remember that first
taste. With a well balanced range of several varieties, all brewed using water
from their own spring, the Otter Brewery is now one of the West Country's most
As a brewery we pride ourselves on our beer and service to our
customers. As a company we do our best to support the on trade, as it is
our most important route to market for cask ale. We believe pubs should be
an essential part of community, so to be recognised in this field gives us
tremendous pleasure and endorses how we really want to keep pubs alive and