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The Drinks Retailing Awards, awarded Real Ale Ltd ‘Independent beer retailer of the year’. Awarded for its commitment to championing beer and making it the core element in the success of their business in the past year.

The awards are among the trade’s biggest highlights, bringing together the leading lights in retail and rewarding The Best in The Business. Not only is the judging process one of the most rigorous and thorough of all the industry awards, but it is unique in covering the entire breadth of the take-home market, striving to reflect excellence in as many areas of the trade as possible.

The awards were presented at a ceremony on the evening of 4th February, 2014 at one of London’s most prestigious venues, The Dorchester Hotel. There were 20 award categories in total with 60 finalists.

Real Ale’s Managing Director, Nick Dolan, said “We are really delighted to retain the ‘Independent Beer Retailer of the Year’ Award. Being recognised by the industry for a second year in a row is a real achievement for everyone involved in Real Ale. We have to thank all of our loyal customers who have constantly supported us, as well as all of the innovative craft breweries who we are proud to support and who are continuously striving to make even better beer. I am extremely proud of our dedicated team who constantly strive to develop our business, and have continued to maintain excellence”

Off Licence News – the voice of drinks retailing – has been serving the off-trade for 150 years and is the only fortnightly newspaper focused solely on the take-home drinks market. This award winning publication is widely regarded as the most important source of information for anyone wanting to keep up-to-date with the latest news and issues currently facing the industry.

— from a Press release – 5th February 2014