Overall Champions of the North East Competition 2014

SIBA North East Region Beer Competition 2014

DATE OF JUDGING & ANNOUNCEMENT         17th September 2014

Overall Champion of the Competition

Sponsored by Close Brewery Rentals

  Brewery Product ABV
Gold Brass Castle Brewery Burnout 5.8
Silver Slightly Foxed Brewing Co Flying Fox 4.5
Bronze AllendaleBrewery APA 5.5


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Young people turn to real ale

By Robyn Black+, 15-Sep-2014

Young people are more attracted to real ale than any other age group, says new research by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).



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The Spinner and Bergamot Celebrates 300 Years

Spinner and Bergamot continues today with publicans Robert and Anita Southerton

Patrons of the Spinner and Bergamot pub in Comberbach, Cheshire, raised a glass in celebration as the Inn celebrated its 300th birthday.

Built in 1714 and originally called The Kings Head, the Inn became the favourite watering hole of the Smith-Barry family – an aristocratic family of Marbury Hall known for their love of horse racing.

During 1762, the patriarch of the Smith-Barry family, John Smith-Barry and his prize winning grey mare racehorse, known as ‘The Spinner’, won a series of high profile championship races across England; the pub was renamed The Spinner after this success; legend has it that at one point John Smith-Barry ran the pub.

Upon John’s death in 1784, his son, James Smith-Barry raced another horse; Bergamot. Bergamot continued the success of The Spinner by winning the town plate at the Stamford Races.

Although James was never able to live up to the standard set by his father and his prize racehorse, Bergamot and the Smith-Barry family were immortalised forever in 1912 when the pub became known as The Spinner and Bergamot Inn.

Fast-forward a hundred years or so, and the history of the Spinner and Bergamot continues today with publicans Robert and Anita Southerton, who took over the reins of the Robinsons pub in March 2006.

“It’s not every day you get to celebrate a 300th anniversary” joked Robert. “We know how important this pub is to our village and our regulars and we wanted to celebrate this milestone birthday in style.”

Robert and Anita rolled out the red carpet and invited 60 loyal regulars to a 5 course evening banquet with a speciality wine, chosen by Robinsons’ wine experts, to accompany each course.

“It was a touch of grandeur but one that was definitely fitting of such a special occasion” said Anita. “Our customers are so important and loyal to the pub and it was a pleasure to celebrate with them.”

Susan Forbes, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “The pub holds such a special place in the hearts of the local community and the celebration was a landmark occasion for everyone. Here’s to 300 more!”

The Spinner and Bergamot is open daily – serving award winning Robinsons cask ales and home cooked food. For more information on the Spinner and Bergamot please visit: www.spinnerandbergamot.com

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Hallidays clients shortlisted for entrepreneur award

Two Hallidays Accountants clients have been announced as finalists in the EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2014.

Marketing Stockport and Trust Brand Communications have both been shortlisted for the Most Entrepreneurial PR/Marketing Firm of the Year award. The two businesses located in Stockport are proof that businesses are growing and thriving in the local area.

Marketing Stockport is an independent, inclusive, non-political organisation set up to connect businesses in Stockport and to promote Stockport to a wider audience regionally, nationally and internationally. It facilitates increased trading opportunities between Stockport based businesses and encourages businesses from outside the area to buy goods and services from them, nourishing the local economy. www.marketingstockport.co.uk

Trust are a design agency that builds brands based on values. Trust truly believe in getting to know their clients and have a unique approach to branding and marketing. Their client list includes national names like Ann Summers, Morrisons and University of Manchester as well as local businesses such as Hallidays, Steven Stone and Mayfield Interiors. www.madewithtrust.co.uk

Nigel Bennett, Managing Director of Hallidays comments:

“It is fantastic to be able to nominate our clients for awards such as these, helping them attain the recognition they deserve. Marketing Stockport and Trust are great examples of entrepreneurial businesses that have achieved growth through their unique approach to business. I wish them both of best of luck and look forward to continuing to support them in the future.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 16th October at The Mere, Knutsford.

Hallidays have recently launched Business AM, their brand new tailored events programme that covers everything you need to grow your business. Hallidays first event Setting your goals, Defining your vision will be held on Tuesday 30th September from 7:45am–10am. Starting with a light breakfast, the session will focus on setting personal and business goals to give your business the direction it needs to succeed. Business AM is a membership however the first event is free to attend for newcomers – book your first step for free at www.hallidays.co.uk/events

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Guide dog puppy SIBA comes to meet us at Tuckers Maltings

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Southampton licensing committee recommends late-night levy

By Ellie Bothwell, 11-Sep-2014

Southampton is one step closer to implementing a late-night levy, after the council’s licensing committee today voted in favour of adopting the fee.



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Great British Pub Awards 2014: Interactive map of winners

By Mike Berry, 11-Sep-2014

The Grafton in Kentish Town, London was crowned the champion of champions at this year’s Great British Pub Awards, along with 16 other national category champions. Check out our interactive map for more details on the winning pubs and why they deserved their award.



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Great British Pub Awards 2014: Winners revealed

By Jo Bruce, 11-Sep-2014

The Grafton in Kentish Town, London has been crowned the Sky Great British Pub of the Year 2014.



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Not just a Gem, a Trophy-winning Beer!

West Country brewer and pub operator Bath Ales is jubilant after its flagship beer, Gem, was awarded one of the most prestigious international brewing awards.


The International Beer Challenge considers over 500 brews from more than 30 countries and Bath Ales’ Gem received not only a Gold Medal but also went on to win the highly coveted trophy for its category – the ‘Best Ale up to 5% abv’ - in the view of the expert panel of judges.


Robin Couling, managing director of Bath Ales was delighted, he said: “With Gem we were determined to create an exceptional ‘best bitter’ with a superb depth of flavour and great balance.


“The many fans of Gem have always agreed we have done an excellent job, and to now receive this highly respected international accolade is a tremendous honour.


“We are very honoured to be the only British brewer to be recognised for one the six top beer awards and the globally recognised trophy will take pride of place in the brewery.”


The blind tasting was conducted by a panel of experts with the 30 Gold Medal winners again being tasted in London to determine the Champion Beers.


Photo of Mark Harding, Bath Ales and Jeff Evans, chair of judges IBC 2014 - Gem Trophy winner

Mark Harding, Bath Ales and Jeff Evans, chair of judges IBC 2014

Chairman of the judges Jeff Evans said: “The final judging round is always a great occasion because we have on the table in front of us the very best beers in the competition. It means that choosing a winner can be tough but it’s tough for all the right reasons.


“It was also exciting to hold the final taste off on the day of the presentation itself. It definitely added a buzz to the event, knowing that just two hours before the winners were announced the awards had not been decided.”


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