Neptune Brewery in Maghull was recognised in the RateBeer Best 2019 awards in the ‘Best Beer, Brewer and New Brewers: by Subregion’ category, winning Merseyside’s Best Beer for their pale ale, Ezili.
Last year the brewery was awarded RateBeer Merseyside Best Brewery 2018, and previously won the award for RateBeer Merseyside Best New Brewer in 2016.
RateBeer is an international site for craft beer enthusiasts and their app enables consumers to submit beer ratings and reviews. To form the winners for their annual awards, they tabulate over 4.2 million reviews submitted by its global community, examining more than 640,000 beers by over 33,000 brewers and over 74,000 places around the world.
Les O’Grady, co-founder and head brewer of Neptune Brewery, is thrilled to have been recognised by RateBeer for two consecutive years:
“It’s fantastic recognition for all of the hard work that the team at Neptune Brewery put in every day. We’re so proud to have been given this award and thank all of those who have enjoyed our beers. It’s particularly special to receive the recognition this year, as we celebrate our 5th anniversary as a brewery.”
Neptune Brewery is a six-barrel brewery established in 2015 by co-founders, Les O’Grady and Geoff Wainwright. Following encouragement from family, friends and peers, what began as home-brewing hobby was soon established as a full time business. The brewery has expanded year on year, with Julie O’Grady joining the business full time in 2018 as sales and marketing manager.
“It’s been an exciting journey and we are looking forward to what the future holds for us. Last year saw us open our own taproom on the brewery site and the reception we’ve had from the local community has been phenomenal.”
Alongside their six core-range brews, the Liverpool-brewery also produces a number of seasonal beers, and collaborative brews with other breweries around the country. Their award winning beer, Ezili, is one of the brewery’s core beers, a pale ale brewed using Centennial and Mosaic hops. The citrus beer is named after the Haitian goddess of rivers and streams; all of Neptune’s beer names have a connection to either water or mythology.
Joe Tucker, founder of RateBeer, said: “2019 was our most competitive year to date, seeing continued growth in the number of brewers, beers and ratings added to the site. We couldn’t be to be prouder to recognise these breweries for this hard-earned honour.”
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