Hackney’s largest independent brewery, Five Points, has just been named “Brewery of the Year” at the 2021 Brewers Choice Awards. After being shortlisted in 2019 and earning the runners-up spot, Five Points has now achieved one better and won the coveted title.
Held annually by the team behind The Brewers Journal, the awards recognise the very best in UK brewing, and are judged by an expert panel that includes award-winning beer writer Melissa Cole, Accredited Beer Sommelier Paul Davies, and Lotte Peplow, the Brewers Association’s craft beer ambassador in Europe.
The “Brewery of the Year 2021” accolade is both a testament to the reputation that Five Points has built over the past eight years, and a reflection of recent achievements. As the industry slowly started to recover from the pandemic, the brand pivoted its business strategy, opening a new brewery in the heart of Hackney, and launching a successful community crowdfunding campaign. This led to the opening of the new Five Points brewery Taproom in November. 2021 has also seen new product launches including the roll out of Five Points Best in 500ml bottles, a new mini-keg range and the launch of their own Lager.
“We are beyond pleased to receive this recognition from our beer industry peers. It’s been a tough year for many, and we would like to thank our awesome, hardworking and committed staff team, along with our supporters and community investors for making this brilliant Award possible,” says Ed Mason, Five Points Co-Founder and Managing Director
Other awards won by Five Points include:
Living Wage Awards 2019 "Against All Odds" Industry Champion (LW explains this as "those who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in industries with high levels of low pay, such as retail, care, security and more)
Five Points Pale crowned Silver in CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain award in 2019
Pembury Tavern SIBA Business Awards Finalist 2020
Pembury Tavern crowned Community Pub of the Year 2020 (CAMRA, East London & City Branch)