Independent craft brewer and bar operator BrewDog has endeavoured to put sustainability at the heart of its business over the past 12 months – achieving certified B Corp status and announcing in August that as a carbon negative beer maker it takes twice as much carbon out of the air as it emits.
The operator of more than 100 sites across 15 countries, and producer of flagship brew Punk IPA, also revealed in February that it has 42 sites in its expansion pipeline.
BrewDog COO David McDowall – who previously described the Covid-19 pandemic as the “toughest challenge” of his career – said: "We are really proud of how the team has navigated the trauma of the past 12 months alongside remaining sustainable."
Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser, which organises the awards, said: “This year’s event has certainly been different, going from a gathering of 1,500 in Battersea to an online ceremony in the virtual world, but the ethos remains the same – celebrating excellence and there’s plenty to celebrate.
“Many companies, having faced the challenges and disasters of 2020 could be forgiven for pulling down the shutters and sitting the crisis out. Our finalists tonight, and many others in the sector, did the exact opposite of that, rose to the challenge and did some amazing things.
“We wanted to continue with the awards this year to recognise those businesses that made sacrifices and strove to not just keep going, but to improve and thrive in the teeth of a brutal storm.
“Here’s to next year when companies can get back to doing what they do best, providing outstanding hospitality experiences for their guests.”
- Check out the full list of winners from the 2021 Publican Awards here