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Following a gruelling first round, TV Chef and restaurateur Simon Rimmer returns to Robinsons Brewery on Friday 7th March to host an ample second serving of Man vs. Food.
Perfectly timed for Great British Pie Week, Simon Rimmer and Robinsons Development chef Christian Whittleworth have upped the ante for Round Two. The previous 30 minute time limit has been devilishly cut in half leaving only 15 minutes to defeat the best that the Great North Pie Company has to offer; a mouth-watering selection of pies designed to stretch your stomach and taste buds to the limit.
“We’ve devised a menu that will push our competitors to the absolute limit” said Simon. “In Round One we saw seven competitors walk away with the win; but I would be highly surprised if anyone can overcome the colossal challenge we have in store. Something tells me this next round will truly separate the men from the boys! It’s a great excuse to celebrate the Great British Pie during British Pie week.”
The challenge will consist of four different pies: a giant Great Northern meat pie, a luscious Lancashire cheese and onion, a fiery chilli-tom-carne pie made with Robinsons legendary Old Tom Ale and a delicious chicken and ale pie made with another Robinsons favourite: Dizzy Blonde. Food combatants will also have to contend with a punishing pint of mash potato and a pint of peas.
On completion of the gargantuan challenge, the successful elite will get their meal for free; complete with a unique, money can’t buy, winners t-shirt. The fastest to clean their plate will also win their own height in beer.
The event takes place on Friday 7th March 2014 at Robinsons Visitors Centre in Stockport. Tickets are available from £10 per person with competitor and spectator places available. Spectators can scoff a regular sized version of the challenge menu for no extra cost (and with no time limit).
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Sonnet 43 Brew House has been announced as a finalist in the Best Microbrewing Pub Company category of The Publican Awards, with the winner to be announced at the award ceremony in London next month.
These national annual awards recognise achievement within the pub industry with 18 categories covering all aspects of running pub establishments, from small operations to very large pub companies. The criteria for Best Microbrewing Pub Company award is brewing less than 10,000 barrels a year with at least one quality, beer-focused pub.
This is an incredible achievement for the brewery, based at Coxhoe County Durham, having only been trading since late 2012. In that time Sonnet 43, which was named after the well-known verse by Elizabeth Barratt Browning, who was born and raised at nearby Coxhoe Hall, have made serious progress. Their beers have sold in more than 300 outlets across the North East & North Yorkshire and won Great Taste Awards and they have also opened three brewery taps – The Lambton Worm, Chester le Street, The White Lead, Hebburn and The Clarence Villa, Coxhoe – which serve the Sonnet 43 beers, as well as a range of complimentary British style food using locally sourced ingredients. And they aren’t slowing down, with plans for 2014 including expanding the brewing capacity and launching more tap venues.
The rigorous judging for the awards consisted of 3 stages, first being the paper application and the second, site visits. In their case, these were carried out by renowned beer writer, Pete Brown, who explored the achievements highlighted in their entry. This was followed by mystery visits to further assess the application with the final stage involving the brewery’s owner, Mark Hird, being interviewed by a judging panel of industry experts.
Last year’s winner was Ossett Brewery, based in West Yorkshire, which is a far larger, more-established operation with over 20 pubs and producing around 4 times the amount of beer. This year, Sonnet 43 is up against well-known, Leeds Brewery, and Brew House & Kitchen, based at the South Coast.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 25 March at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel. Liverpudlian comedy, John Bishop, will be hosting and Keith Lemon, of Celebrity Juice fame, will be appearing to presenting an award on behalf of alcopop brand Hooch, whose advertising campaigns he is currently the face of.
Mark Hird commented “I’m thrilled to be a finalist for a national accolade of this kind; Sonnet 43 still being a relatively new business this in itself is an achievement. I also think it demonstrates that our format of great tasting, award winning craft ales with fresh, local food really works and has serious potential.”
Asked about whether he thought they’d win he said “We’re up against 2 other strong contenders. I think we’ve shown the judges that we’re passionate about great beer and what is really different about us so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
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Taking inspiration from a medieval beer recipe, Ilkley Brewery and beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, author of the book Beer o’ Clock, have collaborated to create a limited edition Gruit beer named Doctor’s Orders.
A distinctly herbaceous 5.0% ale with rich chocolate notes, Doctor’s Orders is brewed with rosemary, yarrow, sage, bog myrtle, heather flowers and heather foraged from Ilkley Moor. Similar combinations of herbs, known as Gruit mixtures, were used in medieval times for bittering and flavouring and were also believed to have wide-reaching health benefits at the time.
Hops were first recorded in England circa 1362, when they were imported from the Low Countries, so before then, English brewers used herbs to add bitterness to ale.
“I’ve wanted to make a medieval ale for quite some time now and, knowing Ilkley Brewery’s interest in brewing out of the ordinary beers, I knew I’d found the perfect Gruit brew partner,” said Jane.
“Many of the herbs used in a Gruit beer are believed to be beneficial which is a phenomenon that I’m intrigued by. It is said that bog myrtle can improve poor memory; yarrow and sage have antiseptic properties; rosemary can enhance mental function and heather is used to help many ailments including digestive and sleep disorders.
“As beer is a superfood packed with nutrition, when consumed in moderation, it has proven health benefits. With these added herbs and flowers, Doctor’s Orders should be a real tonic!”*
As well as traditional herbs, Doctor’s Orders features six malts including Maris Otter (extra pale), oats (6%), crystal, chocolate, brown and smoked. While medieval Gruit beers would not have contained hops, Doctor’s Orders does use a small amount of Fuggles hops for preservative purposes.
Luke Raven, sales and marketing manager at Ilkley Brewery, added: “Jane’s extensive knowledge of beer history and culture never ceases to amaze us so it was great to tap into her expertise and create Doctor’s Orders.
“The beer is delicious. The fragrant mixture of Gruit herbs and heather from Ilkley Moor really packs a punch and yet it’s a beer you could happily enjoy with a Sunday roast or a hearty piece of pheasant.”
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Following on from Sunderland Football clubs recent successes on the pitch – Maxim Brewery have created two special pump clips for their Samson and Lambtons Beers that will be available to North East pubs throughout February.
Mark Anderson – Managing Director of Maxim Brewery says -
There is a real buzz about Sunderland getting to play Manchester City in the Capital One cup final at Wembley on March 2nd. Its a possible fairy tail story of a the underdog going up against the current best side in the Country. The pump clips feature the beers on old replica shirts reminiscent of when Vaux Brewery sponsored Sunderland in the seasons from 1985 to 1999. Of course we don’t have the spare £1M per year it would cost to sponsor and supply the club – but it doesn’t stop the dreaming!
The team at Yorkshire Wolds microbrewery, Wold Top Brewery is celebrating after gaining a listing for two of its award-winning real ales in selected Waitrose stores nationwide.
Great Taste three star gold beer, Wold Gold, 4.8% ABV, is continental style blonde beer with a soft, fruity flavour and a hint of spice that will be listed in 85 stores from 24th February whilst Anglers’ Reward, 4% ABV, a refreshing golden pale ale with a fruity bitterness & lingering aftertaste, will be in 84 stores from the same date. The RRP for both beers is £2.09/500ml bottle.
Brewery owner, Tom Mellor, who worked on the the listing with Cecile Simpson of ARC Retail Consultancy, is delighted with the contract and said: “It’s a great achievement for a small brewery like Wold Top to secure a listing in a large number of Waitrose stores and we’re proud of all of the hard work that the team has put in to secure this listing. We’re looking forward to receiving the feedback from Waitrose customers and to seeing a sales uplift around Fathers’ Day.”
Waitrose Category Buyer for beer, Kate Prall said: “Wold Top Brewery shares the Waitrose ethos of producing quality products from home and locally grown ingredients in a sustainable manner.
“We were looking to extend our award winning range of regional beers from craft breweries and Wold Gold and Anglers’ Reward are a great fit in terms of taste, packaging and the brewery’s green credentials.”
The contract marks the first significant listing that takes Wold Top Brewery bottled beers outside of its Yorkshire heartland.
In addition to the coveted three star gold award at the Great Taste awards, Wold Gold also won Bronze in the bottled gold beers category at the SIBA BeerX national awards and Anglers’ Reward won the Best Local Brew in the Yorkshire Post Taste awards.
Farm based Wold Top Brewery is part of the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme for environmental initiatives and is also working closely with the RSPB to promote its birdlife. It brews traditional real ale from home and Wolds grown malting barley, the finest hops and chalk-filtered water from the farm’s own borehole. Its range of award winning ales is also available through the website, independent, family owned retailers, farm shops, delis, hotels, pubs and off licences throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
With America and Scandinavia already on Ilkley Brewery’s export list, the West Yorkshire craft brewery this week reveals it is now distributing its ale to China.
Last week, 100 cases of beer, including its flagship Mary Jane, Joshua Jane, Ilkley Black, Dinner Ale and the Mayan, left the spa town of Ilkley en route to Shanghai. Upon arrival, the beer will be distributed to independent retail outlets across the country.
“Over the last year, we have been working with advisors from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to establish which overseas markets are most viable for us to target. Having now made headway in America and Sweden, we are keen to widen our overseas markets further, so establishing links with China is a great step forward for us,” said Chris Ives, managing director of Ilkley Brewery.
“This initial Chinese order is just one pallet so we’ll be very keen to hear how well it sells and what the Chinese craft beer market makes of our Yorkshire ale. If it’s well received, we could be looking at high volumes for future orders.”
From next week, 84 Waitrose stores nationwide will stock one of Yorkshire’s best-selling craft beers Saltaire Blonde 4.0%, as Saltaire Brewery’s first national supermarket listing goes live.
First brewed in 2008, Saltaire Blonde quickly became Saltaire’s most popular beer and is available in cask, keg and bottle. Its creamy, soft malt flavours, delicately hopped with Czech and German hop varieties for modest bitterness and slight spice flavour make it a refreshing and easy to drink beer for any occasion.
To meet the growing demand for all its beers, the Brewery recently expanded its brewing capacity by 30 per cent with the installation of new fermentation facilities, which were officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 14 January. Saltaire Blonde’s popularity regionally and now nationally means that it will continue to make up around 60 per cent of the Brewery’s annual output.
Tony Gartland, Saltaire’s managing director said, “Our aim is to always brew tasty, quality beers for discerning drinkers anywhere, but our heartland is Yorkshire. We’ve been supplying Waitrose regionally but this national listing is a very significant win and a first for us! We’re delighted that Waitrose has given us this opportunity – we’ll do everything we can to make it a huge success for them and us. We’re also looking forward to introducing one of Yorkshire’s most popular beers to a much wider audience.”
Waitrose Beer Buyer, Kate Prall said, “As champions of British food and produce, we think Saltaire Blonde, brewed in the heart of Yorkshire and one of the region’s most popular beers, is a great addition to our beer range nationally.”
From today, Dark Star Brewing Company, based in Sussex and Saltaire Brewery, based in West Yorkshire are launching a new classic European ale Bock 5.6%, the result of a unique collaboration between two of the UK’s best known craft breweries. Their combined brewing talents have worked together to create two new ales. The second will be launched to celebrate the Tour de France’s Le Grand Depart, which takes place in Yorkshire in July.
Dark Star has brewed the Bock to a joint recipe – it’s a rich dark brown beer with a rich malt aroma and toasty caramel flavour. It is true to style with delicate hop fruitiness and well balanced bitterness.
Bock will be available in February from both breweries, giving drinkers in the North and South the opportunity to sample this unique ‘one off’ brew. It will also be available in bottles and in keg.
In July, the Tour de France visits Yorkshire for the Grand Depart! Saltaire will play host to beer festivities to mark the occasion and is working with Dark Star to create a special themed beer. Expect it to be a highly refreshing ale – just the drink for after a long bike ride! Again, this special collaboration beer will be available in cask, keg and bottle.
Of the collaboration, James Cuthbertson of Dark Star says, “We’ve worked with Saltaire for years and have great respect for what they’ve achieved in Yorkshire. We’re like-minded when it comes to producing quality beers and it just seemed natural to get together and combine our talents in this way.”
Ewen Gordon, Saltaire Brewery’s Sales Director agrees, “This collaboration is a first for Saltaire, and not something we do lightly or are likely to do often, and the Dark Star team were our first choice.”
Saltaire Brewery is famous for its monthly Beer Club and is holding a special event to celebrate the Grand Depart on Friday 4 July at the Brewery. It will gather all the other special brews made in Yorkshire to mark the visit of the Tour, and all those cycling to the brewery for the event will get a free pint for their efforts! Dark Star’s team will also be there to meet local beer lovers.
Both breweries can be contacted for more information about the availability of both beers.
Wharfe Bank Brewery this week unveils its new brand identity which proudly reflects its riverside location on the banks of the River Wharfe in Yorkshire. The new design is part of a step change at the brewery where partner and managing director Martin Kellaway and his team are reinventing the brand and the beers they produce to embrace the mounting modern craft beer scene both at home and abroad.
Passionate about creating hand-crafted ales the team has been experimenting recently with new recipes, together with some tweaks to existing beers, and the feedback has been overwhelming from loyal Wharfe Bank customers. 2013 saw the brewery exceed its turnover target of more than £800k, equating to growth of 28% ‘in volume terms’ year on year, giving Martin Kellaway the momentum to brew ambitious plans for expansion.
Martin Kellaway comments:-
“The evolving beer range and re-brand is a vital part of our expansion plans, and we are immensely proud that our beer is brewed by dedicated people here in Yorkshire. Recent international and local research has clearly highlighted that we should draw on our location and the associated provenance of Yorkshire, coupled with a simple and clean look to reflect the hand-crafted values that each beer brings.”
The new identity has been designed to meet craft beer drinkers’ needs, and transform the range and branding to enhance the brewery’s on-bar and on-shelf presence with customers and consumers, through new vehicle livery branding, web and social media development, new shaped pump clips and contemporary labelling of its new range of premium bottled beers, and craft keg beers.
In 2013 the brewery secured regional listings across Yorkshire and Humberside with Tesco and Sainsbury’s for its premium bottled beers, Tether Blond and Yorkshire IPA. With new labelling and increased variety of the range, the brewery sales team plan to secure more listings with retailers, supermarkets and independents, across the region, whilst continuing to drive on trade presence throughout Yorkshire and the UK.
The review of the cask beer portfolio, has streamlined the regulars, whilst keeping the favourites, to allow for more variety and new styles; with 12 monthly specials, and seasonal beers, to enable the Brewery to produce the required innovation to delight new and existing customers.
Steve Crump, an award-winning, cutting edge, home brewer and microbiologist, was appointed Head Brewer in 2013, and was instrumental in the enhancement and evolvement of the beer range and key to developing the exciting new series of rotating beers using unusual ingredients and modern and diverse brewing techniques. Steve will bring inspirational flavours to the local and international market with limited edition beers in all package types.
Martin Kellaway enthuses:-
“The modern craft beer market is rapidly expanding, and boundaries being pushed, and we need to meet the needs of the discerning customer and evolve. Exciting and ‘off the wall’ beers is where it‘s at and Steve is already bringing flair and talent to the fore. I am proud that Steve can deliver the new brewery vision and make it a reality with the passion he brings to the brew house. ”
In October 2013 Wharfe Bank showcased its new and impressive range of beers at the world’s leading food fair, Anuga, in Germany. Taking a modern taste of Yorkshire to an international market place, the brewery trialled a Yorkshire XPA, now named within its permanent range of keg beers as Crystal Rain (a 4.3% pilsner style), and a complete bottle range. In competition with more than 460 drink exhibitors, 139 of which were from the UK, Wharfe Bank secured a raft of international sales enquiries from 12 different countries and this success has supported a new sales strategy to expand Wharfe Banks export business across Europe, Asia and America.
Martin Kellaway concludes:-
“A new identity coupled with modern and innovative hand crafted ales marks the start of a new and exciting era for Wharfe Bank. Our success so far can be attributed to a genuine passion for beer, and the new dedicated team have the talents to bring about a new Wharfe Bank for 2014 and beyond. I would also like to recognise the creativity and hard work of the design team at AD Profile http://www.adprofile.co.uk/ who were responsible for Wharfe Bank’s new identity.”