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From West Berkshire to Westminster, West Berkshire Brewery (WBB) celebrated after Strangers’ Bar, inside the House of Commons, chose their Mister Chubb’s to be the week’s guest ale.
Started in 1995, WBB are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and their lunchtime bitter, Mr Chubb’s, is one of their most popular beers.
The award winning Mr Chubb’s, a 3.7% bitter, is a beautifully balanced session ale with a refreshing light floral flavour provided by single variety English hops.
Richard Benyon MP said, “Exhibiting a beer in the House of Commons is a competitive business and I am delighted that West Berkshire Brewery has had Mister Chubb’s selected. West Berkshire Brewery is renowned for its excellent beers and this will only help in spreading the word!”
Simon Lewis, CEO at WBB said, “We are thrilled that our Mr Chubb’s was chosen for the Strangers’ Bar and we are grateful to Richard Benyon for championing his local brewery and the team for making it happen. We’re very proud of our beers and this is a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of British brewing”.
The beer went on sale 8th May, the day after the General Election. The timing couldn’t have been better; whether MPs were having a pint of Mr Chubb’s to celebrate or commiserate.
In less than a year Brewology’s small team has not only completed a major brew-house project for brewing giant C&C group, but has worked with many of the country’s leading breweries, servicing and installing machinery.
Back in December however, Brewology’s Managing Director David Midgley realised
there was a growing need for reliable UK
made cask washing and filling machines.
“There is currently no one making cask fillers
in the UK and we were receiving calls on an almost daily basis asking for them.” David and his team of engineers set about designing and manufacturing an affordable, robust cask washer and filler based on industry needs.
“We’ve been in this industry for many years, working with other companies and manufacturers” says David. “We know our customers and spent time asking them what was important to them and what they needed in their brewery. The machines we manufactured are an accumulation of everything we have learnt over the years and everything we have been told in our market research.”
The TORNADO Cask Washer range and the EVOLUTION Cask Filling range were designed, manufactured and built in the new Brewology factory in Leeds, West Yorkshire and launched to the market in May. Both the Tornado Washing and the Evolution Filling ranges are built to the highest specifications. By using minimal water for washing and controlling waste and metering in the filling the units, more than pay for themselves in a matter of months.
David’s number one aim is to work with breweries to help them save time, money and beer loss whilst increasing performance and quality. He is passionate about the industry and believes the future of Brewology is in the company’s high quality manufacturing and state-of-the-art brewery software offering.
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East Yorkshire based Great Newsome Brewery’s beer is finding favour with customers in Italy as members of the team visited international food and drink expo Tuttofood in Milan earlier this month.
Matthew and Donna Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery visited their Italian based importer and distributor, in addition to meeting customers in the Milan area selling beers from the brewery based just outside Hull. An important export market for the brewery, the team took time to meet and talk to potential customers at food and drink expo ‘Tuttofood’ over two days of the visit.
“It was a great opportunity to meet not only our distributor but also the customers selling our beer in various bars and bottle shops”, said Matthew Hodgson, director at Great Newsome Brewery. “British beer is held with high regard by many of the people we met in Italy and it is great to see the likes of our Sleck Dust brand being enjoyed in bars over there”.
“Craft beer and brewing is going through rapid growth in Italy with a large number of small artisan producers starting up, offering a huge range of beer styles. Many of the people we spoke to were interested in the provenance of our beers especially the fact that we grow our malting barley on our farm plus the stories behind many of the names”, he added.
The biannual ‘Tuttofood’ Food and Drink Expo at the Fiera Milano exhibition centre in Milan attracts visitors from Italy and all over the world with exhibitors ranging from large multi nationals to small artisan producers.
Great Newsome Brewery uses old local dialect and points of interest to name its beers, like ‘Sleck Dust’, ‘Pricky Back Otchan’ and ‘Jem’s Stout’. Set up originally as a farm diversification and based on a working farm near Patrington just outside Hull, the brewery is able to use its own barley to brew its stunning range of beers. The brewery will celebrate its 8th birthday at the end of this month and supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and to a growing overseas market.
This week, those values have been recognised at the Insider – Made in the Midlands Awards ceremony at the NEC, and it’s pure joy as Purity adds ‘Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year’ to its ever-growing haul of awards. The award also means Purity will now go on to the national ceremony in Liverpool in July.
Based on a working farm in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, Purity is driven to be aware of its environment. The brewery practices are designed to be environmentally friendly and in some cases environmentally enriching, as is the case with its unique wetland system, where waste water is filtered and returned clean to the local river.
The Insider award recognises a range of sustainable methods and practices the brewery prides itself on, such as heat exchange and steam capture technologies which have been integrated into the brewhaus.
Whilst most brewers use five pints of water for every beer, Purity’s savings on water consumption puts them in the industry leading standards bracket, with the brewery using just three pints of water to brew its award winning pints.
In 2013, Purity installed a brand new brewing system at a cost of £1,500,000. This investment was made to increase the yield derived from its raw brewing ingredients and as such, the brewery has seen yields of malts and hops increase, reducing both its demands on natural resources and its carbon footprint thanks to its efficient brewing processes.
Other initiatives include spent grains used as feed for the cattle on local farms and spent hops used as fertiliser.
Purity MD, Paul Halsey, comments: “Improved efficiency through industry leading innovation, that’s the driving force in everything we do here at the brewery and I’m extremely proud that we have been named sustainable manufacturer of the year. In the next twelve months, Purity will continue to use the same practices we have established over the past 10 years whilst working to get as many efficiency improvements out of the system as we can without compromising the quality of the product and integrity of the business.”
Reaching the summit of Ben Nevis as part of Admiral Taverns ‘Make a Difference’ challenge is just the starting point for some of the team at the leading pub group. With more training afoot they will continue their mission to raise money for the mental health charity MIND.
Nearly 50 members of the Admiral team including directors, business development managers, head office support staff and friends and family took part in the Ben Nevis climb at the weekend, scaling a total of 1,344 metres and raising close to £15,000 for the charity.
Gail Taylor, commercial executive who also took part in the climb said: “There was a huge sense of achievement for everyone who took part – at times the conditions were really tough, we had all four seasons in as many hours. It was amazing to see how colleagues who may not see much of each other day to day supported, encouraged and motivated each other to brave the elements and reach our goal.”
Kevin Georgel, CEO at Admiral, said: “I am extremely proud of the team who took part in the Ben Nevis climb. We have far exceeded our target and are very grateful to the generosity of our sponsors.
“The charity MIND is one which is very close to us as our industry colleague, Christian Smith tragically lost his life last year whilst raising money for MIND and we are proud to be able to continue raising money for the charity in his memory,” he added.
Next month (June) four teams of four will be continuing with the challenge by entering- a triathlon race which will see them hopefully conquer Ben Nevis again , cycle 25 miles to Lochaber, before taking to Loch Lochy and canoeing a three kilometre course, and finally biking it back to the foot of Ben Nevis.
Admiral Taverns involvement in the charity challenges is in aid of a year-long campaign called the Admiral Make a Difference Challenge, encouraging the pub group’s staff to raise money for good causes through active pursuits.
To donate to the Challenge please visit the Admiral Taverns Just Giving website.
The team at Wold Top have reached the final of the Best Small Family Business category in the Red Ribbon awards that are the UK’s only national awards that recognise the achievements of family-run companies irrespective of size or sector.
The brewery has also been recognized for its export growth with a place in the final of the Yorkshire Business Insider Emerging Exporter award in the Yorkshire International Trade Awards.
Of the success, Kate Balchin, a fourth generation family member, said: “We’re thrilled to have reached the finals of these competitions and proud to be raising the profile of Yorkshire producers at home and abroad.”
The winners of the Red Ribbon award will be announced at an Awards Ceremony & Charity Ball on Friday 10 July 2015 at the Underglobe at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
The winners of the Yorkshire International Trade Awards will be announced at prestigious dinner at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 4 June.
Farm based Wold Top Brewery brews traditional real ale from home and Wolds grown malting barley, the finest hops and chalk-filtered water from the farm’s own borehole. Its range of award winning ales is available nationwide.
Russell Scanlan, Nottingham’s largest independent insurance broker, is celebrating a significant milestone for the business – the signing of its 100th customer to its high growth Masterbrew service, a tailored product developed specifically for the micro-brewing industry in the UK.
The 100th customer, award-winning Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, was founded in 2008 by brewers Austen Morgan and Michael Bates, has built a very successful business as its reputation and acclaimed ales spread further afield from its West Midlands base.
Austen Morgan said: “The right insurance for a business of this size is essential. Our policy has to cover the operation as well as some very bespoke industry specific needs. We did a lot of shopping around and spoke to several companies that offer brewing packages but for us, Russell Scanlan’s approach really stood out, for both service and product. The team there really seemed to be on our wavelength and understood the challenges we face as a small producer in an increasingly busy industry and packaged the right solutions to suit us. The relationship is built on trust and that’s important to us. We don’t need or want to be insurance specialists, so our supplier needs to be both advisor and partner. We have that with Russell Scanlan and know that they understand that our policy has to stretch and flex alongside the peaks of our growth.
“To take an example, the Masterbrew package has liability cover extended to include the beer festivals and farmers’ markets which we regularly attend. Now that really is specialist service and demonstrated an understanding of our industry that was enough to secure our business.”
Mike Dickinson is Sales & Marketing Director at Russell Scanlan: “Backyard Brewhouse is our ideal Masterbrew customer – great product, great attitude to the industry, plans for growth and looking for close relationships with suppliers that take a proactive approach to business. We plan to celebrate our 200th Masterbrew customer in the next 12 months so we are already looking to the future to predict the needs of the fast growing brewery industry to find solutions before they are needed.”
The UK microbrewery sector remains a buoyant industry, with 82 per cent of beer sold in Britain made in Britain. 1 The Good Beer Guide 2015 reports that there are now 1,285 breweries operating in Britain, which works out at one for every 50,000 people – the largest number since the 1930s and 1940s. 2
For anyone in need of a quirky venue for meetings or conferences, award-winning craft beer specialist Purity Brewing Company is now providing meeting and away-day space at its brewery in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, ideal for regional groups and businesses looking for an inspiring rural location away from the hustle and bustle of local towns and cities.
Whether combined with a brewery tour, outdoor activities such as cycling or rambling, or simply a client meeting a little closer to nature, the brewery now offers a fantastic facility for all types of team building or business events.
The brewery offers free parking, break out rooms, Wi-Fi and a 70inch TV screen with full HDMI facilities, and can cater for groups of up to 20.
Freshly prepared food and a range of drinks, including Purity beers brewed on site, can be served in the visitor centre, and brewery tours are also available as part of the booking process.
Located just 15 minutes from Stratford upon Avon and only half an hour from Birmingham, the location is also a mecca for cyclists thanks to the abundance of stunning routes which lead to the farm in Great Alne.
To find out more and book space for a meeting or event, visit www.puritybrewing.com or call 01789 488007.
Front of House Manager, John Conod, comments: “Purity has a fantastic rural venue that is conveniently close to Birmingham. We are now offering our conference room space and visitor centre to businesses for away day meetings, events and team building. We have a price menu available for various room hire options including brewery tours and of course, there’s freshly prepared farm food and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.”
‘The Great British Beer Festival, 11th-15th August 2014, Olympia London’
Visit Wadworth on stand B14A
Devizes-based brewer Wadworth & Co Ltd will once again be showcasing the ‘taste of Wadworthshire’ to the Great British Beer Festival as they bring six of their most popular ales to London’s’ Olympia from 11th-15th August.
Boasting an enviable tradition in the brewing of fine beers, many of Wadworth’s original brewing techniques and closely guarded recipes are still employed today.
The tempting selection at GBBF will include the likes of Wadworth’s classic premium ale 6X, alongside other favourites such as Bishops Tipple, Horizon, Swordfish, and the award-winning seasonal winter ale ‘Old Timer’*. NEW limited edition Honey & Ginger will also be available. Visitors can enjoy a tipple or two at the Wadworth bar on the stand B14A.
‘’We are thrilled to be exhibiting at this years’ Great British Beer Festival’’ says Ellie Alderton, Wadworth Product Marketing Manager. ‘’The show provides an ideal opportunity for us to share our passion for real ale with the tens of thousands of beer lovers who visit the show each year – and offers great way to showcase many of our most popular beers.’’