Brewer shows he has golden touch

A GLITTERING Greene King brewer has proved he has the Midas touch after the firm won six medals at an international competition.

Craig Bennett, 39, a brewing manager at the Bury St Edmunds firm, dressed from head to toe in gold for his shift yesterday, having made a bet colleagues last year.

The brewing giant won six gold medals at the Monde Quality Awards on Monday, topping its haul of three awards at last year’s ceremony.

As a result, Craig had to dress himself completely in gold to celebrate the win.

“I made a bet last year I would dress up in gold for my shift in the brewing house if we beat last year’s medal haul at the Monde,” he said.

“I’d hoped we would be able to match last year’s success with a couple of golds but thought three would be pushing it so I felt on pretty safe ground. Obviously the guys have got long memories and when we won six awards, they made me do it.”

The firm’s Old Speckled Hen, Old Crafty Hen, Abbot Ale, Abbot Reserve, Greene King IPA and St Edmunds beers all won gold awards at the international competition from among entries from 80 countries.

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So, true to his word, Craig toasted the company’s success with a well-earned pint of Abbot Ale, while drawing the odd glance at the Westgate Brewery yesterday.

“I’m always up for a laugh and a joke at work and it’s worthwhile because it’s a prestigious award and it is a honour to win,” he said.

“People have always said I’m worth my weight in gold and now I feel like a million dollars.”