Alongside our sister business, North Bar Ltd, we were crowned winners after four intense rounds of judging by industry leaders. Having previously won the title in 2017 and 2018 we were thrilled to return the trophy to Leeds.
The Publican Awards are organised by The Morning Advertiser and celebrate the very best operators in the hospitality industry. The Best Brewing Pub Company award recognises companies who produce fantastic beers, whilst showcasing them in a successful group of innovative bars. All of us are thrilled to have won the award after facing tough competition from global heavyweights BrewDog, and Brewhouse & Kitchen.
2019 was a fantastic year for us: we exported beers to nineteen different countries, were invited to pour beers at events from Saint Petersburg to San Francisco and collaborated with International industry trailblazers such as Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing. The brewery is known for its fantastic hazy IPAs, triple fruited sours, and is amongst the leading breweries in the country.
Alongside the fantastic range of beers produced here in Leeds, the judges also praised the emphasis placed on training and pastoral care by the group. 2019 saw us appoint a Mental Health Board, introduce a running club for staff, and raise over £25,000 for Action Against Hunger. This March two members of the team are trekking 100km across the Jordan desert in aid of the charity.
John Gyngell, co-founder of North says: “It’s an absolute honour to have won this award again. In 2019 we produced some fantastic beers and have been blown away by the reception to them, both here in Leeds and internationally. The new training initiatives at our bars are allowing us to engage and inspire our staff members and push service standards across the group. It’s great to see the development of the relationship between the bars and brewery: the bars are involved in exclusive beer launches, bottle tastings with other breweries, and team members represent North at beer festival.”