On 21 August 2018, our very own Badger Beer won Best Golden Ale in the UK for The Hopping Hare at the World Beer Awards 2018.  The Cranborne Poacher won UK gold in the Flavoured Fruit & Vegetable category and The Blandford Fly was awarded UK silver in the Flavoured Herb & Spice category.

The World Beer Awards are global awards selecting the very best in internationally recognised beer styles across nine categories, chaired by Adrian Tierney Jones.  The awards promote the world’s best beers to consumers and trade across the globe.

Gwen Ridsdale, Head of Sales and Marketing, says:

“Winning the UK’s best golden ale at the World Beer Awards is a tremendous accolade for everyone here at Badger not to mention scooping an additional gold for The Cranborne Poacher and silver for The Blandford Fly.  Generations of family knowledge and expertly crafted beer is at the heart of everything we do and testament to our award winning beers.”

We use only the finest ingredients, with every Badger beer being inspired by the Dorset countryside resulting in a diverse and characterful range of beers.

Hopping Hare ( 4.4% ABV)

A light, hoppy pale ale. A marriage of aromatic citrus American Amarillo and Cascade hops and the finest English Flagon barley.

The story of the Hopping Hare

Frisky Legs, Amber Eyes, Hedge Hoppers and Skidaddlers. Though they’re known by dozens of deliciously different names, when hares pour onto Purbeck Ridge each spring to hop, box and dance till dawn, they live up to the fame of the name we know best – the ‘Mad March Hare’.

The Cranborne Poacher (5.7% ABV)

Crystal and chocolate malts provide a full-bodied taste with sweet, complex flavours of damson and liquorice.

The story of the Cranborne Poacher

They say there’s no such thing as a free meal – but as you wind your way through wooded hills towards the tiny village of Cranborne, you might chance upon a charming rogue who says differently.

For years, the Cranborne Poacher has roamed these parts, outwitting both authority and prey in pursuit of pilfered plums and a pheasant for his pot.

The Blandford Fly (5.2% ABV)

A uniquely sweet and spicy golden ale with a refreshingly different ginger taste, offset with hints of sweet toffee.

The story of the Blandford Fly 

Don’t just take our word for it, ask any fisherman and they’ll attest – it’s not only the trickle of trout that bites on the tranquil River Stour at Blandford.

Should you wade these waters on a warm summer’s night, beware the infamous Blandford Fly, whose bothersome bite can only be soothed with a spicy slice of fresh ginger.

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