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Blistered Feet Charity Ale – Little Heroes – Children’s Cancer Charity

Photo of Kath Thornton – Director of Haworth Beer Festival & Ian Cowling - Head Brewer - Bridgehouse Brewery Limited

Kath Thornton – Director of Haworth Beer Festival & Ian Cowling - Head Brewer - Bridgehouse Brewery Limited

A new beer being sold in aid of chronically-ill babies has been sale in the House of Commons.

Blistered Feet ale is being produced by the Bridgehouse brewery in Keighley and has been made to help fundraise for Shipley-based Little Heroes – a charity which helps babies with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

Little Heroes already organises sponsored firewalk events where the brave and big-hearted march over burning embers in pub car parks and elsewhere in aid of the charity.

And Blistered Feet, a crisp 4% abv beer, will now be sold to refresh the parts the burning embers have not reached.

Kath Thornton, director of the Haworth Beer Festival was approached for help by Little Heroes and she is now promoting the new ale, brewed for a good cause.

“It’s all voluntary, but I’ve done the branding and promotion and it’s going really well,” Miss Thornton.

“We launched it at Haworth’s sausage and cider festival back in October and it was very popular.

“Since then we’ve been selling bottles and keg beer to local and regional public houses.

“And it’s now even made its way to perhaps the most important house – the House of Commons – where it’s on sale in the strangers bar,” Miss Thornton said.

She is now also preparing for the Haworth Beer Festival which takes place in the Old School rooms on April, 10, 11 and 12.

“If you don’t manage to hunt out any Blistered Feet before them, there’ll be plenty on sale at our festival,” she said.

Colin Nesbitt, chief executive of Little Heroes explained how it was hoped the new beer would boost the charity’s income.

“We did about 210 fire-walking events called Unite And Ignite last year up and down the country and this year we hope to do more than 300,” Mr Nesbitt said.

“The idea is that pubs or wherever will pre-order kegs or bottles of Blistered Feet to sell in tandem with their fire-walking events.

“A donation will go to the charity from each sale, which will be a nice, happy way of raising money.

“And it really is a wonderful beer.

“I’m a fan of real ale and its a real quaffer,” Mr Nesbitt said.

Simon Lamb, Director of Bridgehouse Brewery said:

“ We were delighted to be approached to help such a worthwhile cause. The challenge from our point of view was to come up with an ale that was a real thirst quencher and in Blistered Feet we believe that’s what we have created. It’s a full flavoured Blonde ale with citrus and fruit aromas”.


Enquiries – Little Heroes Charity Firewalks – 01274 288188 – Becky

Bridgehouse Brewery – Sales enquiries – 01535 601222

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Robinsons Visitors Centre – Visitengland’s Gold Standard

Photo of The Brewing Process in Action at Robinsons Brewery Visitors CentreRobinsons Visitors Centre has been named one of just eleven attractions across England to receive a ‘Gold’ accolade for outstanding quality as part of VisitEngland’s Visitors Attraction Quality Scheme.


VisitEngland presented accolades to just fifty seven attractions across the country including the Welcome accolade, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, Quality Café and the Gold accolade for top-scoring attractions; of which Robinsons Visitors Centre was amongst the highest scores.


James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland said: “Our attractions are some of our great assets, creating appeal for visitors at home and from abroad. These accolades recognise the wonderful and innovative ways attractions in England are going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure people enjoy their visit, from a friendly and warm welcome, to high-quality food and drink on offer, or capturing the imagination with creative experiences. Our latest round of accolades continues to reflect the wide variety of attractions on offer in England and provide more reasons for Brits to take a day trip or short break this half term.”

This latest recognition from VisitEngland continues what has been a ‘Gold’ run for Robinsons Visitors Centre who were recently named the best ‘Small Visitors Attraction 2014’ at the annual Marketing Cheshire awards and are also shortlisted for the forthcoming national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2015.



Logo The VisitEngland Gold AccoladeWilliam Robinson, Managing Director (Pubs Division) said: “We couldn’t be prouder to represent Stockport and the North West as one of only a handful of attractions to receive this recognition from VisitEngland. Since opening in March 2013, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing our beers, history and unique story with thousands of families, businesses and beer enthusiasts from across the world. The Gold award is the continued confirmation of our dedication to providing an


excellent customer experience within a truly unique setting.”


Minister for Tourism, Helen Grant MP said: “England has a huge number of world-class attractions to be enjoyed as part of a day trip, short weekend break or longer family holiday. This is a great way to showcase attractions going the extra mile to deliver a high-quality and unique visitor experience. Many congratulations to all those receiving the latest accolades.”

Robinsons Visitors Centre opened its doors at the end of March 2013 in honour of the brewery’s 175th birthday. Over the last 12 months, the Apsley Street attraction has welcomed over forty thousand visitors from across the world, accommodated over three thousand conferences from local businesses, and hosted over one hundred bespoke events at its unique venue.


To cope with the phenomenal demand for its facilities, from both consumers and businesses alike, Robinsons’ launched an additional conference suite called ‘The Frederic’s Room’ in March 2014 and increased the attractions opening hours  to 7 days a week.


Focused on training excellence, Robinsons have also recently announced that their Visitors Centre will host a series of forthcoming free training courses to local publicans, existing hospitality staff and anyone looking to enter the hospitality industry.

For tours, bookings, conferencing and enquiries please contact or call 0161 612 4100. To keep up to date with upcoming events at the Visitors Centre visit: or follow them on Facebook:


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International Brewing Awards Hat Trick for Saltaire

Yorkshire based Saltaire Brewery has just won its third consecutive Gold Medal at the biennial International Brewing Awards, the industry’s most prestigious competition, for its multi-award winning speciality stout, Triple Chocoholic (4.8% abc).

This is the second time that Triple Chocoholic has been awarded Gold in the Speciality, Special Feature Beer category; its first award in this competition was in 2011. In 2013, Saltaire’s first kegged beer Saltaire Gold (4.0%) won Gold as Best Kegged Beer under 4.4%.

Managing Director, Ewen Gordon said, “The International Brewing Awards attracts more than 1000 entries from 50 countries. For our beers to be judged amongst the best in the world by fellow brewers is a fantastic endorsement of our brewing team – especially as this is our third Gold Medal in the competition in a row.”

He added, “We’re a small Yorkshire brewery that prides itself on producing consistently high quality beers in cask, keg and bottle. We are absolutely delighted that our beers hold their own with some of the world’s best beers, produced by much larger, more famous breweries.”

Triple Chocoholic Stout is a 4.8% abv speciality stout. Chocolate malts and chocolate essence combine to provide a strong chocolate bouquet and a rich chocolate flavour. Good hopping provides a balancing bitterness.

It is available in bottles from selected Booths, Waitrose and Co-operative Food stores regionally as well as independent and online beer shops.

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Elland brewery’s 1872 Porter crowned ‘Champion Winter Beer of Britain’

A Calderdale beer has received a prestigious award for a third time.

Elland 1872 Porter has today been crowned CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2015 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby, which begins today (Wednesday).

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Cumbrian Brewery’s business grows nearly 30 per cent

Eden Brewery photoA CUMBRIAN brewery is looking forward to another successful year after growing nearly 30 per cent in 2014.


Eden Brewery, which is based in the 14th century Brougham Hall, near Penrith, has also seen its profit margin more than double.


Head brewer Jason Hill said he believed the 28 per cent growth in turnover was down to a combination of the quality of its products and shrewd collaborations with key local businesses.


As well as producing a special 100th anniversary beer for high quality butchery and deli Cranstons in 2014, Eden Brewery also began making a range of three beers especially for the Westmorland Group to sell at its award winning Tebay Services and other outlets.


Eden Brewery, which is based in the former kitchens of Brougham Hall, began production in March 2012.


Last year it continued to see increased demand for its range of experimental craft beers named after characters, events and props from the film Withnail and I.


In 2015 Eden Brewery will produce a special beer for Eden District Council to help promote the area’s food and drink industry during English Tourism Week.


Mr Hill said: “Eden Brewery has been a very exciting place to work in the over the past year. Demand for our beer has been huge and it is extremely satisfying to see all the hard work we have put into promoting and developing our products paying off.


“There are so many breweries in Cumbria that we needed to think carefully about the best way to market our products in a highly competitive environment. We have designed our range of products so that we have something to appeal to all tastes. This year we will continue producing the experimental, and often strong, Withnail range which uses ingredients such as chilli and Seville oranges, as well as our traditional English ales and our ‘hop forward’ range of highly hopped and deeply flavoursome brews.


“We are looking forward to staying on track into 2016 and seeing the brewery grow even more in that time.”


To find out more about Eden Brewery and its beers go


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Wold Top Brewery named best growth story in Yorkshire & Humber

Wold Top Brewery now in the running to win £30,000 worth of government support

Wold Top Brewery Directors L-R Gill Mellor, Alex Balchin, Kate Balchin and Tom Mellor

Wold Newton based Wold Top Brewery has been named as a Yorkshire & Humber winner of the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. The ‘Business is GREAT Britain’ campaign launched the competition in 2014, in association with BT Business, to find the most innovative and exciting UK businesses.

Named Best Growth Story in Yorkshire & Humber, Wold Top Brewery is now in the running to win the national competition and the top prize of £30,000 worth of government support. The winners will be decided by a combination of judging and public vote. You can vote for your GREAT business at

Gill Mellor, Director at Wold Top Brewery said:
“We’re thrilled to have been selected as a regional winner in the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. There’s a wealth of innovative small and medium-sized businesses out there and it’s great to be recognised as one of them by the competition. We would love to win the national award, so please show your support by voting for us on”

Wold Top Brewery was founded in 2003 and produces real ales from its own high quality home and Wolds-grown malting barley, combined with chalk filtered water from the farm’s borehole.

In its first year, Wold Top Brewery converted a barn into its microbrewery and production was 300 gallons per week, with no paid staff. In 2014, production is up to 4,300 gallons per week and in the next year, the brewery will increase in size by 150%.

Wold Top Brewery has won several awards for the quality of its beer including a coveted Three Star Gold Award at the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste awards. It also won three awards for its green initiatives in 2013. New business with Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, together with a flourishing export order book has resulted in a 40% increase in sales year on year.

To find out more about the regional winners in the running for the national prize, visit With public voting making up 50 per cent of the final decision, your vote really does count. Voting will close on 23 February and the winner will be announced on 3 March.

The national competition consists of the regional winners from the three categories: best exporter, most innovative business, and best growth story. The grand prix winner, selected by a national judging panel, will also be announced in March. The prize includes a bespoke creative advertising campaign worth £30,000, along with an iPad Air and unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months, courtesy of BT Business.

In addition, the winner will also receive a package of export support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), which works with UK businesses to help them succeed in international markets and supports the Business is GREAT Britain campaign, with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:
“I’m delighted to see the GREAT Faces of British Business competition celebrating the small businesses up and down the country that form the bedrock of economic growth.

“Wold Top Brewery is a brilliant example of a successful small firm run by enterprising and hardworking people. We are backing them all the way and, with the advice and support on offer, there has never been a better time to start and grow a business in the UK.”

Steve Rathborne, Director of Sales, BT Business said:
“As an organisation, BT Business wants to help and support small businesses to succeed. Great Britain has a pedigree of producing innovative and successful businesses and leaders, and the regional winners that have been selected are proof that Great Britain is still producing these businesses. That’s why we’re supporting the Business is GREAT Britain campaign in order to discover and champion the entrepreneurial talent that’s out there and to give businesses an opportunity to boost their fortunes even further through a marketing package and business support from BT Business and UKTI.”

The Business is GREAT Britain campaign aims to celebrate and inspire small businesses and is run by BIS and UKTI. It provides relevant advice and information for small and medium sized enterprises looking to grow, hire, export, lead and access finance. There is a single place for all businesses to go for help:

BT provides communications services to around 900,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK and to over 6,500 corporate and public sector organisations in countries across the world.


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Yorkshire’s Rooster’s Brewing Company Joins the UK Microcanning Segment

Ambitious microbrewery counts on Cask Brewing Systems equipment and aluminum cans for its packaged beers and growth

Cask Brewing Systems, makers of the small-scale canning gear that enabled North America’s canned craft beer phenomenon, is now welcoming Rooster’s Brewing Company to the microcanning segment.

This week Rooster’s becomes Yorkshire’s first microcanner with the launch of a trio of canned beers. The three canned beers from Rooster’s are Yankee (the brewery’s flagship beer), Fort Smith (an American-style pale ale) and Baby-Faced Assassin (an India Pale Ale).

The beers are canned on Cask’s Semi-Automatic Manual System (SAMS); it is the first SAMS machine from Cask in the UK.

Rooster’s will be the fourth microcanner in England. The microbrewery will join London brewers Camden Town Brewery, Fourpure Brewing and Beavertown Brewery in the UK’s rapidly growing microcanning segment.

Based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire (England), Rooster’s is owned by the Fozard family — Ian and his two sons, Tom and Oliver — and has been brewing since 1993.

Rooster’s director Tom Fozard cites several reasons for entering the microcanning world. “The affordability of the Cask machine clearly appealed to us,” Fozard says. “Before doing our research and discovering Cask, we were under the impression that canning was only for the bigger boys.”

“The size of the machine,” he adds, “is such that it fits well into our existing space, while the relationship Cask has with (aluminum can maker) Ball is also very beneficial to a brewery of our size.”

Rooster’s SAMS machine takes up only 16 square feet of space. As part of its arrangement with Cask, Ball Packaging will warehouse cans for Cask customers, freeing brewers from taking up valuable space with pallets of cans.

“There are obvious benefits,” says Fozard “when it comes to the canning of beer over bottling. The packaging is smaller and lighter, making it more environ-mentally friendly and cost-effective to transport. The beer inside the can is also completely protected from sunlight.”

The universal size of Rooster’s 330ml cans, he adds, “makes our idea of exporting of beer for the first time a realistic possibility. And by canning in-house instead of sending our beer to a third-party, we’re ensuring that we have complete quality control throughout the process, which is very important to us.”

“We’re known for brewing clean, well-balanced and hop-forward beers,” Fozard says, “so the decision to lead with these beers was an easy one to make.”

Rooster’s UK microcanning peers have seen fast and significant sales boost thanks to cans and Cask Brewing Systems equipment. Fourpure’s can sales have quadrupled its 2013 bottled sales. Beavertown’s cans (launched in May) have quickly become 65% of its sales.

“We think there will be a good deal of interest in our canned beers,” says Fozard.

“Canned craft beer is the hottest craft beer package in North America,” says Cask founder Peter Love. “The segment is just beginning in England, but it’s starting much, much faster than it did in the US.”

US sixpack and twelve pack 2014 sales of canned craft beers are up 89% and 79% respectively, compared to 16% growth of bottled sixpacks and twelve packs.

Cask Brewing Systems (in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has been providing innovative brewing equipment and affordable solutions for craft brewers for over thirty years. Cask’s novel canning machinery made the canned craft beer revolution possible.

In 1998 Cask began promoting its canning kits and the much-maligned aluminum can to Canadian brew-on-premise operators, as a novel way for these breweries to weather tough economic times.

In 2002 Cask made its first sale to a US microbrewer, Oskar Blues Brewery & Pub, in Colorado, USA. The tiny brewpub was the first US microbrewer to brew and can its own beer and soon became one of the fastest-growing breweries in the US.

Cask’s affordable manual, semi-automated and automated canning systems are now used by over 350 small breweries, wineries, cider makers and drinks manufacturers in 25 nations worldwide.

For more details on Cask’s gear and trailblazing history, photos, interviews and other information, contact Marty Jones at 00-1-303-860-7448 (office), 00-1-720-289-9345 (cell) or Or visit .

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Camerons Brewery try something new as part of 150th anniversary celebrations

Too many pumpclips on bars across the country down the years have simply been rectangular pieces of card, and it’s an area more brewers are beginning to think about.

Standing out in a crowd is something people strive towards in many areas of life, whether it’s business or personal, and it’s no different for beers. With such a huge number of breweries producing so many beer styles, it’s a challenge even getting them on the bar let alone standing out to a casual drinker.

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Wharfe Bank Brewery is pushing boundaries

Brewing beer has long been associated with the countryside and the boom in micro-breweries and hand-crafted beers being produced in Yorkshire has brought about a plethora of new entrants in the past decade.

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