- Supplier Associate Members
- Brewer Members
- Brewery Finder
- SIBA Locals
- SIBA Locals Pub Finder
- SIBA/IBD Brewers Diary
Investment in a new visitor centre is under starter’s orders as Titanic Brewery continues to grow and create jobs in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
Stoke-on-Trent based Titanic’s longstanding plans to upgrade its Burslem brewery has moved a step closer following a successful year which saw the brewery open its eighth pub.
Keith Bott, Managing Director of Titanic Brewery, said: “Our plans to expand are no secret and we have looked at several options including a new brewery. Through all our considerations, our desire to stay in Burslem has remained constant.
“We can now state that our preferred option is to develop our current site. Planning permission has been granted for a visitor centre at our brewery in Callender Place, Burslem.”
Keith, who is also Chairman of SIBA (the Society of Independent Brewers), said Titanic was part of a growing industry. A new report from SIBA shows local brewers increased their sales by an estimated 7.9 per cent last year to 1.55 million barrels – meaning the nation’s beer lovers drank nearly 33 million more pints of local beer than in 2012.
“As chairman of SIBA, I helped spearhead a campaign which led to the Chancellor ditching the beer duty escalator a year ago and this has clearly helped to bolster a thriving industry,” commented Keith.
“At Titanic Brewery, we opened our eighth pub, the Cheshire Cheese in Buxton in 2013 as we continue to grow.
“Titanic has now re-opened seven pubs since 2007, providing pleasant pubs for local communities and 130 jobs.
“We are committed to providing community pubs which appeal to all ages and act as community hubs. Our pubs hold regular events and are home to organisations such as book clubs and photographic societies.
“We are also committed to helping local producers by sourcing local food from butchers and bakers in the towns and villages where our pubs are based.”
The SIBA Beer Report 2014 revealed that the society’s 723 members brewed 10,000 different beers – including permanent and seasonal brews. They also created 900 new jobs, while 60 per cent made a significant capital investment in their business.
The health of independent brewers in 2014 starkly contrasts with 1975 when the Good Beer Guide listed 87 brewers producing a total of 1,500 beers.
A total of 5,500 people are now directly employed in local brewing.
All of the DENWEL units are bespoke to the requirements of the brewer, so when Alec from Clavors asked for a second pump outlet so that he could use the pump independently of the carbonation system this was easily achieved.
The unit works using DENWEL’s patented Venturi injector, larger sizes of which can be found in Staropramen, Budvar, Labatts, Pilsner Urquell and many other breweries owned by the giants of our industry. The Venturi works by temporarily reducing the pressure of the beer while injecting CO2 behind the beer flow. This causes the CO2 to be sucked into solution with minimal pressure loss and no loss of CO2. As this is also a closed system with no atomisation of the beer, there are also no losses of the volatile flavour compounds found in hop aroma.
Edward Scott from Ambro Systems, the UK agent for DENWEL, supervised the FAT on behalf of Calvors Lager. He can be contacted for information on the system on 01905759714 or 07841920342 as well as by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. DENWEL and Ambro Systems will be at BeerX on stand 37.
On March 5th at 1pm the Rebel Brewing Co, Cornwall’s most dynamic microbrewery, will be awarded with two prizes from CAMRA (campaign for real ale).
The event will be hosted at our premises in Penryn, on the Kernick industrial estate – where there will be a free tasting.
The winning beer ‘Mexi-Cocoa’ comes from the mind of our former head brewer now managing director Guillermo Alvarez. It’s a dark stout which is triple infused with chocolate made on site and vanilla at every stage of the brewing and packaging process.
At last years Falmouth beer festival we won both the gold award for speciality beer of Cornwall and champion Cornish ale, allowing entry into this years national competitions including the prestigious Great British Beer festival in London.
Guillermo “For Rebel this is a massive achievement and the culmination of focused hard work on the quality and consistency front. We had some growing pains in moving to our new premises but we came out the other end and these prizes we hope are just the start for 2014. We have an eclectic range of beers each with its merits and this prize will hopefully open up awareness of our brand and beers to the nation. For instance our new seasonal beer called Surf Bum a 3.5% session beer will be available from the end of March.
“We are now confident that our beers can stand up to some of the toughest critics and shine through. We pride ourselves in being masters of our craft and pushing the boundaries of beer. For Mexi-Cocoa, an Imperial Triple Chocolate and Vanilla Stout 8.5%ABV which encompasses all that is Rebel, to be the one paving the road is just phenomenal. It’s a personal comfort knowing peoples palates haven’t been shot by all the American style IPA’s that have just saturated the British beer market in recent years.
“Not many people know but we share the brewery with a Chocolarder, one of six in the country making organic chocolate from bean to bar. This has allowed us to use premium organic chocolate by-products and incorporate them into the making of Mexi-Cocoa. There is no other beer on the market today like it and we hope it will go on to win many more awards.
“We welcome anyone that wants to have a look at how Mexi-Cocoa is made at our brewery on the Kernick Industrial Estate in Penryn; and look out for it and our other beers in pubs, shops and restaurant throughout Cornwall and the UK.”
Kellas brewery, Mòr Brewing Limited travelled to Nottingham for the Castle Rock Brewing Awards ceremony and came home with the prestigious New Brewery of the Year award.
Castle Rock stocked Mòr ales in most of their pubs throughout England last July. A Castle Rock spokesman said “ we showcase a new brewery each month to give our pub customers a more innovative and diverse choice of beers. It also give new breweries a helping hand both commercially and in public awareness at a time when they need it most”.
Brewing director Jim Hughan said, “it is an honour to win this award and we would like to thank Castle Rock and their customers for this. Ross and I were privileged to be part of the Castle Rock New Brewery project”.
Commercial Director Ross Niven said, “We travelled to Nottingham for the award ceremony and were both astonished and delighted to walk away with the New Brewery of the Year award. We were up against breweries from all over England and Wales and as the only Scottish brewery chosen to be shortlisted and it is a testament to Jim’s brewing skills that we won this”.
The Beer Academy has just accredited its fiftieth Sommelier. Three passionate beer advocates, Jonny Tyson, Lisa Wadlow and John Westlake, passed their viva voce examination with Beer Academy Chief Examiner Alex Barlow to take the number of Beer Academy Sommeliers to 50. See the notes to editors below for the biographies
Beer Academy Director Simon Jackson said “It was just over three years that the first four Beer Academy Sommeliers received their stripes in late 2011. Now fifty people have been accredited and the next two assessment sessions are already sold out. This qualification has really caught the imagination of beer lovers not only in the UK but around the world. “
“The most striking thing about the Beer Academy Sommeliers is not just their fascination with all things beer but their sheer diversity. We have brewers both large and small, pub landlords, professional beer tasters, beer writers and people from outside the industry who just love beer. What they share is an encyclopaedic knowledge of beer – and a passion to spread the word.”
The Davenport Arms, Woodford, has reopened its doors following an extensive £100k refurbishment project.
Located on Chester road, the award winning Davenport Arms has been given a new lease of life after being completely revamped, inside and out, with a new look that salutes the pub’s storied past. The substantial joint venture between Robinsons Brewery and long serving landlady Yvonne Hallworth took just three weeks.
Steeped in history, the Robinsons family acquired the Davenport Arms in 1922 but this historic hostelry – once part of the famed Capesthorne Estate – dates back to the 18th Century when the Davenport family were game wardens to the Kings hunting preserves. Legend has it that the tree which stands outside was used to hang wrongdoers; hence the pub’s epithet ‘The Thief’s Neck’.
The Hallworth family – now in their fifth generation at the pub and the longest serving family of any pub in Robinsons’ 330-strong estate – have been pulling pints at the Davenport for more than 80 years, so naturally Yvonne was very hands-on with the design process and worked closely with Robinsons in the re-imagining of the famous site.
“I wanted to make sure that the design would not alienate any of our regulars,” said Yvonne. “People have always had a real affinity and connection to our pub but it was starting to become apparent that the seating areas were in need of some TLC. When Robinsons approached us 12 months ago about the possibility of giving the pub a refurbishment we felt the time was right.”
The new look Davenport Arms remains true to tradition with the Davenport family crest proudly adorning the new-fangled external wooden signage. A new porch has been added to the rear courtyard door together with a new smoking shelter, new lighting, and a new planting scheme to improve the pub’s kerb appeal. New outside seating has also been added which will provide a perfect suntrap during the summer months.
Inside, full internal decoration was carried out along with new flooring and furniture, new soft furnishings and atmospheric lighting. The pub uses a palette of neutral greens and browns together with wall coverings that celebrate areas of local heritage. Pictures and personal family photos of past generations are also dotted around the pub, paying tribute to former landlords and giving an insight into the lives of the past publicans that helped shape this local favourite.
Susan Forbes, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The Davenport Arms isn’t just a pub to Yvonne and her family; it’s a huge part of their lives and has been for over 80 years and five generations. It was so important that the (Hallworth) family and the staff had their say in the design process because we did not want to compromise the character of the building – I can happily say we’ve succeeded in recapturing the history of the pub with a modern look.”
Since 1932, when the Hallworth family first took over the Davenport Arms, more than 11 million pints of Robinsons’ ale have been served so it was high time to treat the pub and its drinkers to a brand new, bigger and better, solid oak bar complete with a new back bar display and atmospheric pendant lighting. In addition, a light and airy snug area has also been developed and the existing log fires restored; perfect for the cold winter months.
“The pub looks spectacular” said Yvonne. “We’ve shown it off to the regulars who have been completely bowled over by the new look; giving huge compliments to us and the Robinsons design team. We want to thank the brewery for all their hard work and for restoring the Davenport back to the glory it deserves. We can’t wait to see what this new chapter holds for the Thief’s Neck!”
William Robinson, Robinsons Managing Director (Pub Division), commented: “The entire family is extremely proud of the long association we share with the Hallworth family. Our two families have had a strong, successful working relationship for many years now and the Davenport Arms have become a real community treasure… which is what it is all about.”
To celebrate the re-opening Robinsons Brewery supplied the Davenport Arms with a very special limited edition beer – ‘Thief’s Downfall’ – a crisp, golden 4% ABV ale that is fit for a King (and his game wardens).
Closing, Yvonne said: “We want to welcome back customers old and new – come and see what has been brewing at the Davenport Arms.”
www.davenportarms.robinsonsbrewery.com / 0161 439 2435
Beers from the Orkney Brewery are this week being showcased at a major international food and drink event in Japan.
FOODEX is the largest event of its kind in Asia, attracting almost 3,000 exhibitors from 82 countries and regions, along with over 75,000 food and drink buyers.
The show, held in the Makuhari Messe convention centre, Chiba, runs between 4 and 7 March.
Norman Sinclair, managing director of the Orkney Brewery’s parent company, Sinclair Breweries Ltd, is attending the event. He said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in what is a hugely important show for the Asian food and drink market. This is the first time the Orkney Brewery has had a presence at a trade event in Japan and we’re really excited about the opportunities it will create. The event is considered to be the hub of the food and drink market in Asia, so the potential for opening up new avenues for our range is absolutely enormous.
“We’ve already had quite a bit of interest in our beers from throughout Asia, so it’ll be good to meet existing and new customers face to face. We’ll also be doing our bit to promote Orkney as a destination!”
‘Bucks Best’ Mix of Music
There must be something in the airwaves across Buckinghamshire as radio station Mix96 received the fantastic response of 212 entries to its ‘Name the Anniversary Beer’ competition with the Chiltern Brewery. After much deliberation the name ‘Bucks Best’ was chosen for its beer friendly tone and its connection with Mix96 playing ‘Bucks Best Mix of Music’.
Mix96, which celebrates its 20th birthday this spring wanted to mark the occasion in true style and teamed up with Buckinghamshire and The Chilterns oldest independent brewery, The Chiltern Brewery, to challenge its audience to name a special beer which will be sold in local pubs and at the Brewery’s Shop in Terrick near Wendover throughout April.
“This has been great fun and the response has been phenomenal” said Mix96 Managing Director Max Hailey. “Some of the entries were hilarious” added Tom Jenkinson, Head Brewer of The Chiltern Brewery, “and very imaginative. Local Bards have been in fine form!”
The lucky winner, Olivia Cowan of Speen, wins a fabulous tour of the Chiltern Brewery for two and a VIP invitation to the beer’s official launch on 1st April. Olivia was also delighted that 5p from every pint sold will be donated to the Mix96 charity of the year, Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Haddenham.
Bucks Best is going to be superb blend of two beers with an extra charge of hops to add complexity and character. It will be a dark chestnut beer 3.8% volume – perfect to raise a glass in celebration to 20 years of Mix96.
A taste of home is giving some big name beers a run for their money at two favourite watering holes in the south of the county.
Norman Pearce, who is the landlord at the Sun Inn in Corfton, near Craven Arms, has been brewing behind the pub for 15 years.
But he has just dreamt up two new beers using ingredients sourced from close to home – in one case from just outside the pub itself.
New for this year, he has produced Fuggles Gold from hops grown near Tenbury Wells, on the Shropshire border, and Oatmeal Stout, made from oats grown by Steven Poval of Corfton Farm, right next to his own premises.
He said: “The Oatmeal Stout uses oats from the farmland around me. They’re exactly the same oats that they give to the cattle.
“It has now replaced a well-known Irish stout – we’ve been doing a lot of trial tastes with customers and they all agree I should keep it on and not use the well-known brand – it’s helping local farming,” he said.
To view the whole story go to: http://nativemonster.com/food-and-drink/shropshire-brewers-local-beers-cheer-ale-fans