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Two Silvers for Saltaire Brewery at World Beer Awards 2014

Hot on the heels of receiving Gold at the Great British Beer Festival last month, Yorkshire based Saltaire Brewery has received international recognition for two of its bottled beers. Both Saltaire Pride 3.9% and Saltaire Celebration Ale 6.5% were awarded Silver in the European category at the 2014 World Beer Awards.
Saltaire’s Celebration Ale was only launched in January this year and was specially brewed to celebrate HRH The Princess Royal’s visit to the brewery to officially open the new fermentation facilities. It was awarded Silver in the Europe’s Best Bitter over 5% category.
Saltaire Pride was launched into bottle format in July 2013 yet has had to wait until this year to be entered in a bottled beer competition even though it is popular with cask and bottle customers. It received Silver in the Europe’s Best Bitter up to 4% category.
Tony Gartland, Managing Director said: “Winning two Silvers at the World Beer Awards is a real honour for Saltaire Brewery, especially when you see the range and quality of the international entries. The team at Saltaire have a real passion for creating and brewing great tasting ales – we’re very proud to receive recognition for our ales at an international level”.
Saltaire Pride is available in cask and bottles. Bottled Saltaire Pride is stocked in Morrisons and Tesco throughout Yorkshire and independent off licences. Celebration Ale will be brewed and bottled again by mid-November, to check availability contact the Brewery.
Wendy Carthew
Tel: 01274 594959

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Wharfedale Brewery wins Bronze in Regional Beer Awards

Photo of Wharfedale Brewery Team and their award

Stewart (centre) is pictured with the award alongside Head Brewer Michael Allan (left) and assistant Adrian Long.

Wharfedale Brewery, housed at the back of the Flying Duck Brew Pub in Church Street in Ilkley is celebrating more success after their flagship beer, Wharfedale Blonde, was awarded the Bronze medal in the “Standard Bitters” category at this year’s Northern Region Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) beer competition.

Following a rigorous tasting process, in which the judges consider the appearance, aroma, taste and finish of every beer entered, Wharfedale’s Technical Director Stewart Ross was delighted to win the award in such a hotly contested category.

The multi award winning brewer told SIBA “The North East region of SIBA is the largest in the country and competition for these awards is always fierce as most breweries produce a session ale which falls under the “Standard Bitters” category. For such a small microbrewery to win a prestigious award like this, in a purely blind tasted competition, is an incredible bonus and a huge accolade to the brewing team.”

Wharfedale Blonde is described as a straw coloured blonde session ale weighing in at an ABV of 3.9%. It combines English malts with a blend of New Zealand and American hops to create lingering citrus/grapefruit flavours and a fresh satisfying bitter finish.

Brewing only started in Ilkley at the turn of the year but the staple products of Wharfedale Blonde, Best and Black have enjoyed great success throughout the area and can be found regularly on the bars at over 20 pubs between Otley and Hubberholme including some of the Yorkshire Dales most popular hostelries on The Ales Way; Wharfedale’s Ale Trail.

Meanwhile, the bottled version of Wharfedale Blonde has been selected by the Yorkshire Dales Society for delegates to enjoy at the forthcoming National Park Societies Annual Conference which is being held at Coniston Hotel near Skipton next week as part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s 60th anniversary celebrations.



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Cullercoats Brewery wins Bronze in Regional Beer competition

Photo ofSean Hardy, assistant brewer at Cullercoats Brewery collects awards from MD of sponsors Spa Soft Ltd at the York Competition 18.9.14

Sean Hardy, assistant brewer at Cullercoats Brewery collects awards from MD of sponsors Spa Soft Ltd at the York Competition 18.9.14

Award winning Bottled Beers from local brewery
Cullercoats Brewery is celebrating success at this year’s Northern Region Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) beer competition, held in York last week. Rocket Brigade IPA and Polly Donkin Oatmeal Stout were both awarded Bronze in the bottled beer section. SIBA North East covers 66 breweries and the competition saw 137 bottled beers fight for places in 8 categories.
Owner and brewer Bill Scantlebury said “ It’s a huge boost to win such a prestigious award in a purely blind tasted competition, in a region packed with outstanding micro breweries. Our bottled beers are all produced by hand so that we can make a top quality drink, with the yeast in the bottle for secondary fermentation, which all adds to the flavour. This is fairly unusual in bottled real ale and we feel it makes all the difference. “
The bottled beer is only available at Boda Home, the specialist off licence and food retailer in Whitley Bay, and Seasalt restaurant in Amble.
The brewery, now almost 3 years old, has steadily expanded to the current production of about 18,000 pints per month, employing Bill and his wife Anna, and assistant brewer Sean Hardy full time. Sean attended the competition held at York beer festival, and was thrilled to be collecting the awards on behalf of the brewery.
Bill and Sean are currently working on a new range of all English dry hopped beers, where hops are added to the cask as the beer is barrelled. The hop harvest has just come in so they are looking forward to working on new recipes to highlight the fantastic English hop varieties coming onto the market this Autumn.


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Old Tom And Dizzy Blonde Shine At The International Beer Challenge 2014

Robinsons Brewery is celebrating after Old Tom and Dizzy Blonde have scooped two coveted awards at the 2014 International Beer Challenge.

Now in its 18th year, the International Beer Challenge comprises of 18 judges, chaired by Jeff Evans (Author and Editor of eight editions of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide), from across the industry. The judging panel of experts includes brewers, publicans, journalists and retailers who bring their wealth of experience and knowledge to hundreds of entries from 30 countries.


International Beer Challenge award medals

Following a rigorous tasting process, in which the judges consider the appearance, aroma, taste and finish of every beer entered, Robinsons were delighted to take home a Silver award in the hotly contested Ale category for their multi-award winning favourite, Old Tom.

“Old Tom has been brewed to the same recipe for over 100 years and has always been a firm favourite at Robinsons” said Robinsons’ Brands Manager, Gill Yates. “This latest award proves that our ‘Top Cat’ only gets better with age!”

The news is fantastic for the Stockport Brewer, who have announced that, due to phenomenal demand, Old Tom will be listed in a further 132 Asda stores across the UK from mid-October.

The judges were also ‘wowed’ by Robinsons’ superstar blonde ale, Dizzy Blonde. The 3.8% ABV beer collected a Bronze medal; the first award that Dizzy Blonde has claimed since becoming the leading lady of Robinsons’ core range in 2012.

Gill Yates said: “We’ve been busy in recent years developing new beers to reflect changing consumer tastes. This delectable blonde delight has been winning hearts since her stint as a seasonal beer, now she’s winning awards as well! We’re hoping this is the first of many for Dizzy.”

This success is confirmed by the rapid growth in Robinsons’ Premium Bottled Ales (PBA) range. Recent research from Nielsen shows that Robinsons are the third fastest growing brewer in the PBA sector.

Kate Flanagan, Off Trade Manager at Robinsons said, “Our beers have gone from strength to strength in the recent years. Not only are they award winning, sales are also growing at a really pleasing rate. This demonstrates that not only do the experts rate Robinsons’ beers, so does the consumer.”

The whole range of Robinsons’ bottled ales, including Dizzy Blonde & Old Tom, are available in selected Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Booths and Nisa shops across the UK. For more information on Robinsons’ core ale range, please visit

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Malton’s Brass Castle Brewery Scoops The Northeast’s Top Awards At York Beer Festival

Winning the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) northeast Champion Beer for Sunshine IPA last year was an incredible achievement for Malton’s town centre microbrewery.  But this year, Brass Castle Brewery has gone one better!  Amongst SIBA awards and local CAMRA awards announced at York Beer Festival this week, Brass Castle stole the show with nine gongs for five different beers – including the prestigious overall northeast SIBA Champion Beer for their Burnout beech-smoked porter and overall northeast SIBA Champion Bottled Beer for Sunshine IPA.



Brewer Matthew Hall was ecstatic: “It’s a wonderful achievement and fantastic to get recognition for beers across the range.  I’m really pleased that our strong barrel-aged stingo ale did so well in the York CAMRA Locale competition, where it won its category and came runner-up overall.  It’s a particular favourite of mine and a good traditional beer – we only brew it once a year! The best thing is to be in such good company.  There are brilliant breweries in this part of the world, so it’s great to be counted among the best of them.”


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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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Cheers to Saltaire Brewery’s new Brewery Tap!

Photo of saltaire new brewery tapAward winning craft brewery Saltaire is to expand its brewing interests with the creation of a new bar.  The “Brewery Tap” is a unique venue with room for 60 to 70 people – and is  based at the Brewery on Shipley’s Dockfield Road which fronts onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


“We already sell our own beers and UK craft ales but this will be a new bar where people can get a drink in the early evenings and at weekends.” said Tony Gartland Managing Director.   “The Brewery Tap will serve a wide variety of beers – not just our own Saltaire ales, but we will be using our industry connections to bring in a range of keg and cask beers from across the country, so perfect for those who are passionate about great ale”.


Saltaire hope that the Brewery Tap will become a welcome addition to the current real ale trail in the area as well as a boost for canal users who can moor up outside the Brewery and call in for a pint or buy ale supplies to take back to their canal boat! It’s also the perfect stop off for cyclists using the Bingley to Leeds cycle path who are in need of refreshment on their journey!.


As well as the new bar – the existing Brewery shop is to extend its range stocked and opening hours.  A variety of 40 bottled beers from around the world will be stocked which customers can enjoy at the Brewery Tap or take them home.  Saltaire beers will be available in a variety of bottle, fresh beer in a box, mini keg and gift pack formats.  The aim of the venture is to build on the success of the current brewery shop – in particular customer demand for fresh beer in a box and mini kegs.


All staff employed in the Brewery Tap and shop have an extensive knowledge and interest in craft ales and will provide customers with recommendations and advice on all the ales available.


The new bar and extended shop offering are all part of the Brewery’s plans for development, not only in growing the reputation of Saltaire Brewery  as a centre of brewing excellence , but also for the Brewery Tap and Shop to be a destination for visitors to Yorkshire.


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Fuggle Bunny goes from strength to strength

We opened our Brewery on the 1st of February 2014 and since producing and selling our beers in April of this year we are going from strength to strength.

The 6 BBL plant are sponsoring the Sheffield Steel’s 40th Ruby Beer Festival and all our Chapters will be there, and hopefully we will have a New Chapter 7  beer which we will unveil on the night.  We are also entered into the SIBA North East Beer Competition in York.  This weekend we are also showcasing all 6 Chapters of our beers at the gorgeous Monsal Head Hotel, in Derbyshire, where Keith and Hannah who recently took over are having a fantastic Beer Festival from the 5th – 7th September 2014 where a Fuggle Station with Ed at the Helm will be serving our ales.  So don’t miss out on what will be a weekend full of fun, frevolity and fuggalicious beers – hop on board and make it a date.



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Brewing up with the Mayor of Sunderland

MAYORAL guests in Sunderland are getting a second helping of their own local brew.

For the second year running, the city’s Maxim Brewery has brewed up a limited edition batch of Mayoral Double Maxim.

Sunderland Mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse will be presenting civic and international guests with the bottles over his next year in office.

The Mayor hosts dozens of guests every year and in that role of helping to promote the city, its businesses and brands, he has accepted the Maxim micro-brewery gift.

Altogther, there are twelve cases of commemorative labelled bottles which can be presented or served to guests as a taste of the city’s brewing skills and tradition.

Councillor Stuart Porthouse said: “As Mayor, one of the key roles is helping promote our great city and always reminding guests about the many different goods and services that are made in Sunderland.

“I know that after speaking to last year’s Mayor Bob Heron, his many guests, including Monsieur Joel Batteux, the Mayor of our twin-town St Nazaire, were all thrilled to received a special bottle of Double Maxim.”

The Double Maxim beer company was established in 1999 by two former Directors of Vaux Brewery.

Practical and financial support from Sunderland City Council’s Business Investment Team helped the company to buy brewing equipment, and set up premises at Rainton Bridge business park.

The Mayor’s Office has been given twelve cases of commemorative labelled bottles, which can be presented or served to guests as a taste of city’s brewing skills and tradition.

Councillor Porthouse added: “Thanks again to everyone at the brewery for their generosity and the opportunity to again promote one of Sunderland’s most famous products.

“The Double Maxim brand is famous all over the world and symbolises Sunderland’s proud brewing and manufacturing tradition.”

The Maxim micro-brewery at Rainton has been reviving not just the iconic Double-Maxim brand, but also producing a range of other award winning beers and commemorative ales for the domestic and international market.

These include cask and bottled ales of other well known brands such as Samson and Lambton’s, or its own brewing range such as Swedish Blonde.

Managing director of Maxim breweries, Mark Anderson added: “We are proud to be a Sunderland based company, and delighted that the Mayor has accepted our offer of these specially labelled bottles which help demonstrate our support for the city.

“I believe that they’ll be offered to the many civic guests and business leaders the Mayor will welcome to our city over his term of office, and I hope that they’ll enjoy this culinary taste of Sunderland.

“Our city has a proud brewing tradition, and we hope that the success of ours and other breweries is helping revive that tradition and create more business success in Sunderland.”

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