The award-winning Arundel Brewery based in West Sussex has seen two of its beers ranked in the top 25 in the UK since 2010, based on ratings from mobile rating app Untappd.
The Untappd app allows drinkers to rate beers, arguably giving a more representative ranking system than corporately sponsored rating systems or ‘expert’ opinions.
The owners of the app pulled together all of the ratings since the app launched in 2010.
Arundel Brewery’s 5.4% ABV Maple Syrup Stout received a remarkable 99.18% average rating from 122 different sources to come in at 6th spot in the ranking, while Arundel's 4.5% ABV Clockwork NEIPA is ranked at 18th.
Arundel Brewery owner Stuart Walker said the prestigious rankings allows his small brewery to compete with larger competitors, particularly in the build-up to the opening of The Brewhouse Project next year.
“It’s perfect timing for us, coming up to Brewhouse,” he said.
“We want local people to come to the site, but we also hope it will become a destination for people outside of the area.
“This sort of ranking helps because people know they can get two of the top ranking beers at the site.
“It’s a bit of a landmark for us – most of the breweries are bigger than us and one of the main challenges is how we compete with bigger breweries?
Walker added it was “gratifying” to have the brewery’s work recognised by ‘normal’ people.
“Particularly over the last two to three years we have been trying to create ‘wow’ beers and this ranking is the culmination of that work,” he said.