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HOP, hop, hurray and beers all round for Derbyshire brewery Thornbridge, which has triumphed at the prestigious Publican Awards.

It picked up the award for the Best Pub-Operating Microbrewer – a new category added this year to reflect the growing number of smaller breweries now operating pubs.

After a rigorous judging process involving mystery visits and a panel interview with some of the leading figures from the beer world, Thornbridge was crowned in front of a 1,200-strong industry audience at the 21st anniversary of the event, hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr.

“In only six years the brewery has created a high-profile brand admired across the country. The company slogan of ‘Innovation, Passion, Knowledge’ runs through everything they do and their beers and pubs have positioned Thornbridge at the very forefront of the British craft of brewing,” said judges.

Simon Webster, Thornbridge’s chief operating officer, said the award reflects “great team work across the brewery and our pubs.”

The brewery is upping production by 40 per cent next month to meet demand in the UK and abroad for its cask, keg and bottled beers.

The Stag on Psalter Lane became the latest Thornbridge Taps pub last month.

RETRO classics will be on the menu and on the turntables at a disco party at Baldwin’s Omega, Psalter Lane, on Saturdays, April 7 and 14. Dance to tunes from the Sixties and a six-course £24 menu includes old-fashioned favourites prawn cocktail, pasta Bolognaise, chicken Chasseur and profiteroles. Call 0114 2553263.