Our Awards

Awards for our beers

At the International Monde Selection awards (the Oscars of the brewing industry) Charles Wells is always in evidence. Wells Bombardier has won the Grand Gold for an astonishing ten years in a row. And our newest brand, McEwan’s, recently won awards there too.

Our Wells Banana Bread Beer won ‘Beer of the Festival’ at the CAMRA London Drinker Festival in 2002, whilst our Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has won medals at the Brewing Industry International Awards four times.

And right up to date, we’ve been shortlisted in the Brewery Partnership Category at the International Beer Awards for our work with Dogfish Head Brewery of Delaware, USA in producing DNA New World IPA (announced 13 May 2014)

Awards for our pubs

We’re proud to have won the Publican’s ‘Pub Company of the Year’ award two years running in 2009 and 2010. (We were also highly commended in 2011.) This is what the judges had to say in 2010:

“A traditional company that is modernising for the future, it is clearly in touch with its tenants, ensuring every pub has support levels to help them survive and thrive.”

And our licensees have won nearly 20 individual awards for their pubs since 2011, including accolades in the Great British Pub and Publican Awards and Best Pub and Bib Gourmand entries in the Hardens and Michelin Guides. Many of our licensees have also achieved the coveted Cask Marque accreditation, for looking after their cask ale in a way that delivers a great pint every time.

Proving what we already knew, Charles Wells took home the title of Best Pub Operations Team (for companies operating over 50 sites) at The Publican Awards 2014, proving yet again that our licensee support is second to none.

Awards for our wine

Many of the wines we offer are award-winners too. Alta Vista is one of the only producers in Argentina to be given a 5 star rating in the Wine Spectator magazine. And the velvety 2001 Gran Reserva, from El Coto de Rioja deservedly won Gold at the International Wine Challenge in 2011.

No less a personage than Tom Stephenson has recognized the Louis Barthélémy estate as one of the Top 10 “Up and coming producers” of champagne. And those aren’t the only winners. New Zealand’s Mission Estate has been awarded numerous medals in its home country, whilst Caves Foncalieu was recently names “No 1 Co-operative in France” by the prestigious Revue des Vins de France.

Other accolades

In 2012 we were recognised in the inaugural Sunday Times International Track 200, coming in at number 194. The awards rank Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing international sales – and ours grew 22% in 2011.

In addition, our Springboard Awards for recruitment and retention reflect our commitment to providing the highest levels of support to our licensees.