A Reigate-based firm is celebrating after winning a national drinks award for its Hofmeister Helles lager, a reboot of the famous 1980s Hofmeister brand.
Hofmeister Brewing Company, which is run from an office at Four Hops in West Street, won “Best Lager” at the Quality Drink Awards 2018 earlier this month.
Richard Longhurst and Spencer Chambers purchased the Hofmeister name from Heineken in 2015, the beer having been off the shelves for more than a decade.
Renaming the brand “Hofmeister Helles”, they changed the recipe, and opted for “slow brewing” in Bavaria in a partnership with a family-run brewery.
Traditional methods are used to brew the lager, observing the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law, with only three ingredients: natural mineral water, locally grown barley and award-winning Hallertau hops.
Since its relaunch in 2016, the beer has won industry praise. Richard said:
“We are thrilled to now have won our second major award; the first was the highly acclaimed International Wine and Spirits Competition Beer Awards for Best Lager of 2017/18, and now we have national recognition from the Quality Drinks Awards.
It reaffirms our decision to bring back Hofmeister and it is great to see that the quality of our product is being endorsed by leading experts.”
The Quality Drink Awards 2018 were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 1 November, alongside the Quality Food Awards and other prize ceremonies.
Quality Food Awards director, Helen Lyons, said:
“The judges were excited to see such an iconic brand back on the market. It is clean tasting, with a very appealing light colour, a balanced flavour with soft hoppy and malty notes; all in all, a very refreshing beer. It is wonderful to see high quality beer being made affordable.”
As an independent brand, the beer is available in over 150 outlets across the UK – including at Four Hops.