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Atom Brewing Hull wins local business start up award

daily mail business awards logoEvery year the businesses of East Yorkshire come together to award the best businesses of the region at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards to celebrate a successful year.

The ceremony at the Willerby Manor Hotel featured a speech from politician Lord Mandelson, the High Steward of Hull and was hosted by TV presenter Helen Fospero.

One of the most significant awards and competitive is the best new start up award.

After praising both finalists, the judges signalled out Atom Brewing Co as an example of a business with a clear and defined strategy allied to passion and skill. Highlighting a growth of 50% monthly in sales and gaining recognition both nationally and internationally.

“To be given this award in our first 11 months of trading is fantastic, it has a been a whirlwind first year with 16 different beers, over 60 batches made, new staff, beer schools, export and national sales. ” Allan Rice, Co-founder at Atom Brewing Co.

Allan went on to say; “Keep your eyes peeled, as we bring our first year to a close and move into year 2 we are not going to rest on our laurels. Think more beers, more bottles, more tours, more beer schools, more meet the brewers, more tanks…And some super special plans you’ll just have to wait to see”

There were 14 winners on the night, picked out by experienced judges with a detailed knowledge of the regions business scene.


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Yorkshire brewery wins four awards in two days

When Driffield based Wold Top Brewery was shortlisted in both the Hull Mail and the York Press Business Awards on the same night, the Mellor family had to split up, with Wold Top’s founders Tom and Gill going to York whilst Kate (nee Mellor) and Alex Balchin headed to Hull.

Both the third and fourth generations of the farming family were delighted when Wold Top Brewery was awarded Best Small Business in both the Hull and York awards and then went on to win the overall Best Business award from the York Press.

The following evening, the team went to Scarborough for the inaugural Scarborough News Business Awards and were delighted once more to win the Best Green Business award.

Of the wins, Gill Mellor said: “What an amazing couple of days! We still can’t quite believe it, but we’re very happy and amazingly proud of our great team.”

Wold Top Brewery brews traditional real ale from home and Wolds grown malting barley, the finest hops and pure, chalk-filtered Wolds water.


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And the Winner Goes to – Fuggle Bunny Brew House

Fuggling Fantastic news – we are very proud to announce that after 8 months of trading we have won our first award.  Our latest creation, Chapter 7 – Russian Rare-Bit 5% scooped 1st Place in the Stout category at the CAMRA Sheffield 40th Steel City Ruby Beer & Cider Festival in October 2014.  We are so pleased to have been recognised for producing a Quintessential – Quaffable – Quality Pint of Pure Pleasure which is no mean feat in this ever popular increasing market.  Keep hopping in and checking our website for our latest creations.

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East Yorkshire Brewery Launches into Waitrose

East Riding of Yorkshire based Great Newsome Brewery is delighted to announce that it has secured the opportunity to supply Waitrose stores local to the brewery with its award winning bottled beers.

Multi World Beer Award winning ‘Frothingham Best’ and legendary light ale, ‘Sleck Dust’ will be available in 4 Waitrose stores throughout Yorkshire from the 11th November. The East Yorkshire based family brewery’s bottle beers will be available in Waitrose stores in Willerby near Hull, York, Meanwood near Leeds and Sheffield.

“To work with such a renowned retailer as Waitrose is fantastic news for us and we are relishing the chance to work with them”, commented Matthew Hodgson, Director at Great Newsome Brewery.

“Waitrose has a great reputation for working with the finest producers of food and drink both large and small, of which we believe we are one and look forward to building a strong relationship with them.” He added, “This opportunity will also allow Waitrose customers chance to sample the best this rural corner of East Yorkshire has to offer”.

Great Newsome Brewery’s ‘Frothingham Best’ received national media coverage in 2013 when it won a World Beer Award receiving the title the ‘Best Bitter up to 5%’ in both Europe and the World. More recently, it has picked a further World Beer Award in September and a coveted gold star in the Guild of Fine Foods, 2014 Great Taste Awards reaffirming its pedigree. ‘Sleck Dust’ meaning to quench the thirst, was the original beer brewed by the brewery back in 2007 and has been a firm favourite ever since. The light session beer has also inspired at least two song writers to pen tunes about it and also has been served in the Houses of Parliament.

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. Having celebrated its 7th birthday in April, Great Newsome Brewery now supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and to a growing overseas market.


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Local Brewery and MP Launch Special Beer to Commemorate Ww1 Centenary

Photo of Barnsley PalsBarnsley Central MP and Labour Party Lead on World War One, Dan Jarvis, has joined forces with Barnsley’s Two Roses Brewery to create a special beer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One and the particular contribution of the Barnsley Pals.

The ‘Barnsley Pals Ale’ was launched with the help of members of Barnsley’s Royal British Legion, at the Two Roses Brewery in Darton. They helped start off the first batch, which is now already being sold in local pubs. Five pence from the sale of each pint will be donated to the Barnsley Group of the Barnsley Royal British Legion.

The Barnsley Pals formed the 13th and 14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment during the war and they were composed of men who had enlisted in local recruitment drives on the promise of being able to serve with their friends and colleagues, rather than in regular army regiments. Both Barnsley Pals regiments were part of the attack on Serre on the first day of the Somme campaign. In that one day, 1 July 1916, the 1st Barnsley Pals lost 275 men, while the 2nd lost 270.

Dan Jarvis said:

“The true impact of the First World War can be understood when we think of the families that lost loved ones that day – the countless husbands, fathers and sons who never came home, and the irreplaceable loss suffered by those families and communities.

“With the 100 year anniversary of the war fast approaching, it seems fitting that a local business should pay tribute to Barnsley’s contribution to the war effort in this way. I am particularly pleased that the beer will provide a charitable donation for the Barnsley Group of the Royal British Legion – who carry out important work supporting our local veterans. The Barnsley Pals ale will no doubt be drunk across the town at a time when we will all be reflecting on the sacrifices made by Barnsley people – both then and to this very day”

James Taylor said:
“I am delighted to have been involved with this project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. Having Dan and members of Barnsley’s Royal British Legion involved made it a very special brew day. We will be making a contribution to The Royal British Legion for every pint sold to help with the good work that they do. In addition, The Talbot Inn in Mapplewell is also offering a free pint to serving and retired members of the armed forces”

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New look Rudgate Bottled Ale but with same great award winning taste!

Photo of rudgate bottled beer rangeMulti award winning craft brewery Rudgate, have launched a new vibrant redesign for their bottled ales range.   Strong colours have been combined with “Viking “ imagery to tie in with the York heritage of their brand.


“The impact of the craft beer revolution on British ale has become increasingly visible in the premium bottled ale sector.  We felt we needed to capitalise on this movement and take some visual ownership of it given the hand made, small batch production of Rudgate.  “  said Mat Lazenby of Lazenby Brown Design.


It was important that the new design appealed not only to the core traditional ale drinker, but also engaged with the new “curious” drinker looking for new brands to try.  “The shelf stand out of the new design is just what I wanted for the Rudgate brand – I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact that I am sure the new look will have  upon sales going into the Christmas period” commented Craig Lee MD.


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Black Jesus Wins World Beer Award Gold Medal

Selby’s Great Heck Brewery this week won the gold medal for best label design in the world for its 6.5% beer, Black Jesus, beating competition from hundreds of brewers all over the world. The beer previously won Champion Beer of the Festival at Selby Beer Festival in 2012. The brewery’s triumph helps cement Yorkshire’s global reputation for excellence one year after fellow Yorkshire brewery, Great Newsome, won the award for best bitter below 5%.

Judges were impressed by the use of colour, shapes and symmetry and the consistency of the design across the whole label.

Great Heck brewer, Sebastian Jarnö said, “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award. Our beers have won numerous regional beer festival awards, but this is our first victory at a global level. It comes at a great time for us as we have recently moved into export markets, sending beer to Brazil and Spain with plans to move into Finnish, Estonian and Polish markets later this year.”

Managing Director, Denzil Vallance added, “Our focus is always on making the best quality beer possible and providing the consumer with a memorable taste experience which they want to repeat. Our beers certainly stand out from the crowd so it’s important to have packaging which reflects the values that go into making the beer. As Jesus himself said, ‘Don’t put new wine in old skins.’”

The winning beer is available from specialist bottled beer retailers nationwide and online and the company is confident that the award will increase interest from national retail chains in its range of bottled craft beers which includes ales from 4.5% to 7.4% ABV.

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It’s All In The Genes for Ilkley Brewery


Ilkley Brewery’s latest addition, Ruby Jane (erstwhile daughter of flagship beers Mary and Joshua Jane) has continued the family tradition by scooping a gold medal at its first competitive showing. In a category and regional heat alongside a former Champion Beer of Britain, Ruby Jane, a 4% Ruby Mild came out top as judged by an independent expert panel at the recent SIBA North East Beer Competition, held at The Knavesmire, as part of the Annual CAMRA York Beer and Cider Festival. It was in this competition, back in 2009 that Mary Jane first won plaudits and the gold medal, and since bursting on to the scene in 2012, Joshua Jane has scooped much coveted gold stars from the Guild of Fine Food and Drink.

The accolade for this beer was announced just moments after the results for the bottled section of the competition had been announced, where the brewery’s extraordinary Chipotle Chocolate Stout, The Mayan, had also just picked up gold in its category. This award compliments the two gold stars recently awarded by The Guild of Fine Food and Drink for this very same beer. All of this recognition comes itself hot on the heels of the announcement that Siberia, Ilkley Brewery’s much vaunted Rhubarb Saison was one of only 153 food and drink products from over 10,000 judged to have been awarded the top three gold stars at the Guild of Fine Food and Drinks GTA Awards this year.

Luke Raven, who co-ordinates Sales and Media was overjoyed with the high profile awards, and singles out Lead Brewer Christa Sandquist for special praise:

“Since arriving here with the remit of taking our beers to the next level, with her technical experience, eye for detail and maintaining exacting standards, Christa has certainly put her own stamp on our existing beers, and by creating new ones. Ably supported by new recruit Andy Cameron, who recently joined us from Inveralmond Brewery, Christa should be very proud that judges in a variety of competitions have decided to award her beers such high praise.”

“We will have brewed over 40 different beers this year, and routinely keep at least 15 available at any one time, and with lots of exciting new brews, and incredible collaborations just around the corner, we are now having to factor in extra brews of Ruby Jane, Siberia and The Mayan to satisfy the demand both in the UK and abroad”.

The brewing team are already working to develop many more new beers for 2015, continuing to push the boundaries and maintain the high standards that have become synonymous with Ilkley Brewery beers. There are exciting times to come for all involved in the beer industry in the UK, and nowhere is this more true than at Ilkley Brewery. Powered by beer.


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Acorn’s Barnsley Bitter Voted Top Tipple For The North

Photo of Acorn's assistant brewer Bruce Woodcock receives the gold award for Barnsley Bitter from SIBA chairman Guy Sheppard

Acorn's assistant brewer Bruce Woodcock receives the gold award for Barnsley Bitter from SIBA chairman Guy Sheppard

Barnsley’s namesake cask-conditioned bitter from the award winning Acorn Brewery has been hailed the top standard strength ale in Yorkshire and the North East.


Acorn is toasting the success of its Barnsley Bitter (3.8%abv) after scooping gold in its class at the fiercely fought SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) annual regional contest in York, which judged 176 cask ales from 66 breweries. The acclaimed traditional ale has kept the town in the forefront of the UK’s brewing revival since Acorn was launched in 2003. It will now be judged on the national stage by SIBA at Beer X in Sheffield next March.


Barnsley Bitter was Acorn’s first beer and recreated the style of bitter once widely popular among the industrial communities of South Yorkshire. Acorn uses the same yeast strain as the original Barnsley Brewery of the 19th century, along with the traditional Maris Otter malt and English hops to produce the chestnut coloured ale.


Top beer author and broadcaster Pete Brown, a famous son of Barnsley, has described the brew as ‘the drinkability of session beer with a dark richness, a hint of chocolate and red berry fruit – beer that Yorkshire does better than anywhere else.”


Acorn founder, head brewer and managing director Dave Hughes said: “This SIBA award is wonderful news for all the team and another exciting boost for our continuing growth. And, as the first ale brewed when we took our early faltering steps in 2003, it is particularly gratifying to have this tremendous tribute from our brewing peers in the North. It’s real recognition that it remains an outstanding brew.”


Barnsley Bitter also triumphed with silver in class at the Champion Beer of Britain Awards at the Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) Great British Beer Festival 2006. In recent years Acorn has enjoyed spiralling sales at some 30 per cent a year and expanded to a production capacity to some 150 brewer’s barrels a week (43,200 pints) to become one of Yorkshire’s fastest growing breweries.


Acorn also enjoyed further success at the SIBA contest with Gorlovka Imperial Stout (6%abv) also claiming silver in the bottled stouts and porters category.


The SIBA success made it a double victory for Barnsley brewers at the prestigious event. Stairfoot’s three year old Geeves Brewery also took gold in the best bitter class for its Clear Cut (4.4%) brew.


Dave Hughes added: “Maybe it is something in the Barnsley water that is helping us to make the town famous for excellent beers. Whatever it is, it seems to be working.”


Acorn now directly delivers to more than 400 free trade outlets across Yorkshire, Midlands and the North West and regularly to prestigious London outlets. National wholesalers and pub chains are also supplied. Acorn’s growth reflects the burgeoning market for cask conditioned ale as reported in recent years in the brewing industry’s annual Cask Report.


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