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Yorkshire Wolds Brewery creates new position

Wold Top Brewery has recruited a Scarborough man to the newly created position of Office Manager.

Jason Lukehurst behind the bar at Wold Top Brewery

Jason Lukehurst, 35, has been appointed to ensure the smooth running of the busy brewery office as the Wold Newton business enjoys unprecedented demand for its award winning beer.

Jason joins the brewery from York social housing consultancy firm, HQN where he was responsible for IT support and admin and is looking forward to developing his new role: “With the recent installation of the new brew plant, it’s a very exciting time to be joining the small, friendly team.

“I couldn’t wish for a more scenic place to work and the shorter commute gives me more time to explore the great outdoors with my sons, Joseph and Henry or to go out for a run.”

Kate Balchin is responsible for HR at the brewery and said: “Jason has fitted in really well and has become a valuable member of the team in a short space of time.”

Jason’s favourite beer is Wold Top’s Marmalade Porter

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Ilkley Brewery – Investing in expansion, investing in people

The new investment in independent Yorkshire brewer Ilkley Brewery by Half Full Beer Company at the end of July 2015, is showing immediate progress. The Half Full vision was to improve conditions and standards, and to increase production capacity.

Investment in the team is integral to the vision, and one of the immediate steps made was to register as a Living Wage Employer, and increase the rates of pay across the board.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Ilkley Brewery, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. The commitment will continue into 2016 with a rise to £8.25.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social about what people need to make ends meet.

Luke Raven, Co-Director at Ilkley Brewery said: “We are proud to be raising our voice amongst a growing number of businesses across the UK who support their staff by paying the Living Wage.

“Our beer is made by people, by hand, and we rely on their passion and commitment. By recognising their hard work in this way, we hope to be able to foster a greater sense of shared ownership in the long term project here at Ilkley Brewery.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Ilkley Brewery to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,700 leading employers, including Ilkley Brewery, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. ”

Ilkley Brewery has also committed to a programme of job creation, with a 60% increase in headcount by the end of 2015. This is in recognition of the work that lies ahead as part of the plans for expansion. As part of creating new positions, the brewery is embarking on a training scheme to enable existing employees to expand their knowledge, qualification and industry experience. The first person to benefit from this is Adam Scroggins, who is progressing from a Brewery Operative to become Assistant Brewer.

Speaking of the growth plans, Luke Raven says: “As well as our ongoing commitment to the local community and to our employees, which are the building blocks for solid business, we are looking to capitalise on the current interest and energy within the beer sector.

“We have already invested over £140,000 in the infrastructure at Ilkley Brewery since August this year, including taking on an additional storage facility, and with additional expansion in the pipeline. I think this emphasises our commitment to grow Ilkley Brewery into one of the top independent breweries in the UK.”

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Award win is the business for United by Design

A Yorkshire graphic design agency is celebrating the news that it has won a second prestigious industry award for 2015.

United by Design, based in York, has been included in the list of 61 agencies that will receive one of the internationally-renowned Design Effectiveness Awards from the prestigious Design Business Association. The agency was selected for its branding and packaging for York’s Treboom brewery.

These authoritative awards recognise not only creative talent, but also the measured benefits that are delivered by design, proving its value to the client. Since working with United by Design Treboom has exceeded its monthly sales targets by an average of 122% and has outperformed the market sector by 723%.

After two rigorous rounds of judging, United by Design found itself in the company of some of the biggest graphic design agencies in the UK that have created branding for prominent businesses such as Twinings, Fortnum & Mason and Diageo. Entries were judged on a demanding range of criteria, with the panel consisting of CEOs of globally renowned businesses, including TV ‘dragon’ Deborah Meaden, as well as top marketeers from organisations such as Coca Cola, British Airways and GlaxoSmithKline.

Chairman of the Judges, Andrew Summers of Design Partners, says “The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards are unique in focusing on the commercial results of design, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse shortlist this year, demonstrating the wide-ranging impact design is increasingly wielding across many different sectors of industry and areas of activity”.

The United by Design team will be presented with its award – and discover whether it is gold, silver or bronze – at a black tie dinner in London in February.

United by Design’s owner and Creative Director, Owen Turner, says “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving an award at this level, especially in the company of many agencies much bigger than ourselves. To be named alongside major industry player such as Elmwood, Pearlfisher, The Engine Room and Brand Opus is a real honour! Our concept behind the Treboom bottle labels was to tell a story in a simplified and entertaining way, with a central focal point for each design. The personality of each ale is brought to life, but the whole range still has a similar distinct look and feel”.

Jane Blackman, co-owner at Treboom, says “For a relatively new microbrewery we needed to make people aware of Treboom and tempt them to try our beers for the first time. The label designs have made a huge impact on our confidence in promoting our brand. Without a doubt they have grabbed the attention of buyers and consumers in a very crowded market. We feel the designs portray the right image for the brewery, making us proud not only of our beers but also the image they project”. Treboom’s bottled ales are now on sale in esteemed locations such as the Tate Modern museum and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The DBA award is the latest in a series of accolades United by Design has recently received for its work. Earlier this year the company won bronze for its Treboom work in the packaging category of the prestigious A’ Design Awards, and was also included in The Drum Independent Agencies Census for 2015. This is an industry report compiled by The Drum, a leading design publication, in partnership with the Recommended Agency Register. Design businesses listed in this are considered the best in the country, and United by Design was included in the top 25 small agencies in the peer-to-peer category.

Owen Turner concludes “It is absolutely amazing for a small agency like United by Design to receive international recognition of this kind, particularly as the DBA Awards are not simply about design but also design effectiveness; helping businesses to grow by providing unique creative solutions that make a real difference to their bottom line – which is what we always aim do for all our clients”.

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North Yorkshire brewery celebrates shortlist success

Directors and staff at Wold Top Brewery are celebrating after the Hunmanby business’s export achievements has earned them a place in the final of the Scarborough News Business Awards.

The Awards were launched in 2014 to celebrate outstanding achievements in business and recognise the great companies that fly the flag for Scarborough, Ryedale, Whitby and Filey.

The winners of the awards will be announced on 20th November at a Celebration Dinner at the Spa in Scarborough.

Wold Top Brewery’s Export Manager, Kate Balchin said: “We’re very proud of our export achievements that now account for 14% of our turnover.”

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.

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Best of British from MD & CNG

Following recent & unprecedented success in the Brewing & Distilling industry MD Engineering Solutions & CNG Engineering have signed a collaboration agreement to provide customers with genuine high quality British made equipment.

Matthew Horsey of the Leeds based firm comments on the link-up “we believe in providing our customers with equipment that is of the highest quality and where possible sourced from local markets therefore when the opportunity to work with CNG came along it really was the obvious solution” Mr Horsey goes on “CNG have a wealth of engineering experience which combines innovation with traditional British engineering”

Pontefract based firm CNG Engineering has recently delivered successful tank projects to Atom Beers in Hull and a complete Brewhouse to Wakefield based start-up Tarn 51, as well as several orders in the bag for their innovative hop-back & Dual Purpose Vessels (DPV’s). Commenting on recent experience Atom Beers Head Brewer Marko Karjalainen says “CNG have demonstrated a great deal of professionalism and excellent customer service throughout the manufacturing process of our custom built cylindro-conical DPV’s and Hop Back”

CNG Head of Commercial Engineering Kevin Reynolds “We have seen a steady growth in demand from our brewery equipment in recent times particularly our tanks and hop backs. The collaboration with MD Engineering Solutions means that we have strengthen our expertise in the brewing sector and provide our customers with expert advice as well as high quality British engineered products” Kevin goes on to say “We operate an open door policy, which means our customers can come to see the products being made at any time of the process”

It is anticipated that the link up will bring new products to the market place early in 2016 which, will help to revolutionise the brewing and packaging process.

For enquiries you can call 0113 287 0081 for more information

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Award Success for Hambleton Ales

Staff at Hambleton Ales are celebrating after the Melmerby based business won the Best Beer Award for its Thoroughbred Pale Ale at the 2015 Taste Awards, run by Deliciouslyorkshire and The Yorkshire Post, held in Harrogate.

The brewery, which is celebrating its 25 year anniversary next year, is used to winning awards. However Thoroughbred has often been overlooked by the success of its Nightmare Porter, which since winning Champion Winter Beer of Britain in 1997 has dominated the awards ever since.

Thoroughbred, which is a 5.0% bottled Pale Ale, is a delicate blend of Citra, Centennial and Chinook American Hops, on top of a Pale and Munich Malt Base, that is a perfect balance of flavours for the serious beer lover. The judging team described it as “Lively and summery with a great smell. This beer has a hoppy and distinctive flavour with a great body – it’s a beer that delivers on all levels!”

Of the latest successes, Nick Stafford said: “We’re very proud to have won this award for Thoroughbred. All the team at the brewery have always thought this beer to be special and to be recognised in this way at the Taste Awards, .renowned for highlighting the regions reputation for quality food and drink, is high praise indeed.”

The latest award come hot on the heels of the brewery winning the title of the UK and Europe’s Best Speciality Beer 2015 for its Gluten Free Ale at the World Beer Awards.

All of Hambleton Ale’s bottled beers can be purchased online from or by popping into the brewery directly.

For more information on Hambleton Ales please go to or call 01765 640108.

Deliciouslyorkshire is a not for profit organisation who have been providing vital support to food and beverage producers, retailers and distinguished hospitality operators in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

The Taste Awards 2015 are an annual event run by Deliciouslyorkshire, celebrating the regions provenance and reputation for quality food and drink. The winners were announced at the ceremony which took place at Pavilions of Harrogate on Wednesday 21st October.

The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the ‘World’s Best Beers’ to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Beers must be generally available and for sale in bottles or cans.

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“Let the Countdown Begin!”

Believe the hype- Portland House opening is imminent! It has been a long slog through various ups and downs, hoops and hurdles however it is with great joy and excitement and the best kind of jittery nerves that I can tell you we’re opening to the public on Thursday 29th October. It’s currently all hands on deck as the bar is taking shape and furniture is being delivered. Tiles are being selected and lighting installed. The bar is set to receive its first Welbeck beer delivery on the 26th October, ready for you all to try on the 29th. Tom, Matt and the whole brewery team look forward to throwing open the doors and welcoming you all. We’d like to encourage your feedback via Twitter and Facebook so please, don’t be shy…

Twitter: @PortlandShef

In other news we’re really looking forward to the 41st Steel City Beer festival in Sheffield’s Kelham Island district. Not only are we supplying beer but we’re also one of the sponsors. Out of the 6 beers you’ll find from Welbeck, there are core favourites and monthly specials. For more details on the selection available visit their page here:

November is fast approaching and with that in mind it’s time to introduce the Monthly Specials that will be available in a good outlet near you- or Portland House if you’re in Sheffield! Without further ado here are our three November specials:
‘Nightingale’, an English IPA brewed with Goldings and UK Cascade at 5.5% is a celebration of English hops and traditional brewing. Golden and well-rounded this is a great expression of English hops and barley malt, taking its name from one of Welbeck’s cropfields.

‘Porter Oak’, a new brew for this year is a strong, spiced bonfire beer- brewed at 5.0%. It’s a dark libation with caramels, liquorice and a hint of smoke; perfect to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold November evening. On the estate there once stood two oak trees named the Porter Oaks; one of which still stands at over 500 years old. This beer celebrates the heritage and forestry management that has survived throughout the many years in the estate’s productive history and long may it continue.

‘Ernest George’ is a deep ruby ale brewed at 4.2% and has earnt its badge as a clear favourite among pub goers throughout our delivery radius. Ernest George was an architect who laboured to rebuild and restore one of the wings of Welbeck Abbey after it was completely destroyed by fire in 1900. This beer pays homage to the great man and has been brewed in the style of the era using a carefully balanced blend of roasted malts to give distinctive coffee and chocolate notes.

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Virgin Trains creates a glass that is always half full to celebrate the launch of new ‘Hop on Board’ ale

Virgin Trains has today announced it has created a brand new ale christened ‘Hop on Board’, available to those on east coast routes. To coincide with its launch, Virgin is trialling a brand new glass – the ‘Hoptimist’ pint glass – that is forever “half full” to celebrate the new beer’s arrival.

The glass has been hand blown by craftsmen so that it always appears that it’s half full. It will mean that customers travelling on Virgin Trains routes between London King’s Cross, Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh will be able to sit back and enjoy a full-bodied ale as they watch the landscape whisk by.
The ale has been created exclusively for Virgin Trains, who expect to sell more than 55,000 bottles this year. ‘Hop on Board’ combines traits of both a bitter and a pale ale with the expectation that it will excite both seasoned ale drinkers and the growing number of pale ale fans.

The name ‘Hop on Board’ was chosen by Virgin Trains staff and created by York based Rudgate Brewery and Virgin Trains. The partnership celebrates the city of York as the home of both businesses, but shows the commitment of Virgin Trains to work and engage with local businesses across the network.

To celebrate the ‘Hoptimist’ pint glass, Virgin Trains will be giving a limited number of the glasses away to customers via social media during the next few days.

Alison Watson, Director of Customer Experience at Virgin Trains, said: ‘’We’re ‘hoptimistic’ here at Virgin Trains and passionate about our customer’s experience. ‘Hop on Board’ is an exciting step in revamping our on board offering, embracing the craft beer revolution and delivering the best journey possible time and time again. Working alongside the Rudgate Brewery, we have created an ale full of flavour and charisma that epitomises the Virgin Trains spirit and the ‘hoptimist’s’ outlook on life – with us the glass is always half full.’’

Craig Lee from Rudgate Brewery said: ‘’It’s hugely exciting to be working with Virgin Trains to provide their customers with an exclusive beer. We have created a brew that perfectly complements the picturesque scenery customers experience when travelling with Virgin Trains.’’
Tom Stainer at Campaign For Real Ale said, ‘’We’re seeing thousands of UK consumers turning to premium ales, so Virgin Trains supporting another of our Great British real ale brewers can only be a good thing.’’

‘Hop on Board’ will be available from the Foodbar and trolley service on all east coast services, priced at £4.

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Yorkshire Coast brewery celebrates shortlist success

Directors and staff at Wold Top Brewery are celebrating after the Wold Newton business’s export achievements has earned them a place in the final of the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

The farm based brewery faces stiff competition from fellow Driffield business, Blue Keld in the final of the Exporter of the Year award that is sponsored by Associated British Ports.

The Hull Daily Mail Business Awards celebrate the region’s best companies and employers, from start-ups and entrepreneurs, to the area’s biggest businesses.

The winners of the awards will be announced on 19th November at a Celebration Dinner at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby.

Wold Top Brewery director Gill Mellor said: “We’re very proud of the fact that we have built a thriving export division in a relatively short space of time and it’s a real credit to the team headed up by Kate Balchin.”

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