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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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Silver Award Win for New Brewery

Photo of Tony Rogers receiving the SIBA Award

Tony Rogers receiving the SIBA Award

Half Moon Brewery is celebrating its first Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) award at the recent North Eastern competition.  Dark Masquerade 3.6% a.b.v. received a silver award in the standard milds section.    In a rigorous tasting process every aspect of the beer is considered, appearance, aroma, taste and finish.


Upon receiving the award Tony said “We are delighted to win the award, we’ve only been brewing for 10 months; it really is fantastic.   The beer has proved very popular with members of the public and has been very successful, but to receive Silver in our region is amazing”.


Ellerton based Half Moon Brewery; started by Tony and Jackie Rogers in December last year is already establishing a name in the region for its good quality, real ales.   Dark Masquerade is a rich ruby/brown ale which is packed with dark chocolate and liquorice flavours.


Dark Masquerade will be available to order on the DDS list from 1st November 2014.


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East Yorkshire Brewery Wins Again in World Beer Awards!

Holderness based Great Newsome Brewery has walked away from the World Beer Awards 2014 with yet another award for its Frothingham Best beer following success in the same awards in 2013.

Frothingham Best, which takes its name from the small hamlet in which the brewery is based took a bronze award in the ‘Bitters up to 5%’ in Europe in the 2014 World Beer Awards announced this weekend. The World Beer Awards are becoming a happy hunting ground for the family run East Yorkshire brewery which adds it’s bronze award to the European and World gold it received in the 2013 World Beer Awards for the same beer when it took the title ‘The World’s Best Bitter up to 5% abv’.

The World Beer Awards which were announced on Saturday 27th September and are held annually take entries from breweries all over the world including the USA, Canada, Germany, France and Japan and are blind tasted by a panel of carefully selected judges under the guidance of respected beer writer and journalist Roger Protz.

“It is again fantastic recognition for all of the hard work from the team here at the brewery”, said Matthew Hodgson, director of Great Newsome Brewery,” Following the success of last year’s awards we received huge media exposure and sales of Frothingham Best have far outweighed what we had forecast to a point where it has become by far our best selling beer”.

“Last year I forgot we had even entered but this year I had it marked on the calendar not thinking for a minute that we could win in the awards 2 years in succession. Once again though we appear to have held our own on the international stage”, he added.

A dark amber best bitter, Frothingham Best has been brewed since 2008 and is available as both a bottle and as a cask beer. The beer has won awards previously gaining a Silver in its category in the 2009 SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North Awards, in 2011 was Highly Commended and is a finalist in 2014 in the Yorkshire’s Finest Taste Awards, Gold Star Winner in the Great Taste Awards 2014 and was shortlisted in the inaugural MTT Yorkshire Beer Awards 2013. On top of its 2013 World and European Gold in the World Beer Awards.

Great Newsome Brewery which uses old local dialect and points of interest to name its beers, like Sleck Dust, Pricky Back Otchan and Frothingham Best is based on a working farm near Patrington just outside Hull and celebrated its 7th birthday back in April. It now supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and overseas.


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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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