Durham Brewery
Head Brewer, Michael Harker (Left) and Owner, Mark Hird (Right).

The Durham brewery has been announced as a finalist for the Best Microbrewing Pub Company section of The Publican Awards.

The Publican Awards aim to showcase the best of the best in the pub industry, this particular award is targeted at small breweries – defined as microbreweries – with a main focus of at least one primarily beer based pub and brewing less than 10,000 barrels in a 12 month period. The brewery was set up in late 2012 so to even be in the running for this award undoubtedly came as a surprise to everyone involved.

Mark Hird,  business owner, said this about the news:

Durham Brewery
Head Brewer, Michael Harker (Left) and Owner, Mark Hird (Right).

“I’m thrilled to be a finalist for a national accolade of this kind. Sonnet 43 still being a relatively new business this in itself is an achievement.”

Sonnet 43 is a local brewery which supplies pubs across the region with a range of different brews. It has been in operation for less than two years and has been voted and judged to be better than a host of other breweries to make it into the final for the Best Microbrewing Pub Company Award. The Durham brewery had to go through three stages of the reviewing and judging process, as did the other finalists and candidates . The first stage was a written based application, the second and third being visits to the premises by a qualified party; in the case of this Durham brewery they were visited by the well-respected beer writer and author Pete Brown.

The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday 25 March at the event being held in London. Keith Lemon, of Celebrity Juice, and the comedian John Bishop will both be appearing at the event; Lemon is currently heading the advertising campaign for Hooch and will be presenting an award on their behalf. The Publican Awards currently has 18 different categories for awards across the pub and brewery industry.


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