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Ipswich-based Big Drop Brewing Co in finals of BBC Food and Farming Awards

PUBLISHED: 16:03 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 28 March 2018

Bottled beers from the Ipswich-based Big Drop Brewing Company.

Bottled beers from the Ipswich-based Big Drop Brewing Company.

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Low alcohol beer company Big Drop Brewing has been named among the finalists in the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards.

The company is one of three in the running for the Best Drinks Producer title, with a final round of judging to take place ahead of the announcement of the winners on Wednesday, June 13.

Although its beers are brewed on contract elsewhere, Big Drop Brewing’s founders, Rob Fink and James Kindred, both live in Ipswich and the labels on their beers feature work by Suffolk artist Helen Maxfield.

Big Drop’s beers are brewed to a strength of no more than than 0.5% alcohol by volume, in contrast to many other products which are brewed to a more normal strength and then have the alcohol “stripped”, a process which can markedly change the flavour.

Its Pale Ale was named World’s Best Pale Beer (low strength) at the World Beer Awards 2017 and its Stout won a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge and a UK silver medal at the World Beer Awards, when judged against full-strength stouts and porters.

Rob said: “Consumers who are moderating their alcohol consumption, or stopping drinking it altogether, are looking for credible alternatives across a range of drinks categories.

“It’s clear that just because they want to cut back on alcohol doesn’t mean that they want to cut back on great tasting beer.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Big Drop’s groundbreaking response to this change in drinking behaviour has been recognised by the judging panel of the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards and am looking forward to sharing further details of our business plan with them.”

He added: “To have reached the final of this highly respected awards programme has exceeded our wildest expectations. We recently announced a series of listings including Hakkasan, Barworks and Fortnum & Mason and I’m pleased to confirm that Caprice Holdings and The Ivy Collection will also be stocking Big Drop beer by the end of June, so this really is proving to be an exciting few months.”

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