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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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Saltaire Brewery to grow business with Morrisons

Saltaire Pride - Just one of Saltaire Brewery that is being stocked by 75 Morrisons Stores across Yorkshire

Award winning craft brewery Saltaire is to launch Saltaire Pride into 75 Morrisons stores throughout West Yorkshire this month. The new listing is part of Morrisons’ focus on offering local and regional products. Saltaire Pride is a classic English pale bitter, with a light malt base and a spicy fruitiness from the Challenger, Bramling Cross and Cascade hops used.

In addition to the introduction of Saltaire Pride – Saltaire’s most popular ale Saltaire Blonde is to significantly increase its distribution to 244 Morrisons stores – making it available in all Morrisons stores north of Birmingham. Distribution of Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale is to also increase to 75 Morrisons stores across Yorkshire.

“Morrisons and Saltaire share our heartland of Yorkshire so it is great to have them support a local Yorkshire business such as ours by extending our current listings.“ commented Ewen Gordon, Sales Director. “We produce great tasting, quality ales that are increasingly popular beyond the region, and the extended distribution of Saltaire Blonde is clearly recognition of this. It is great that our most popular ale by far will become available to Morrisons customers outside of our traditional heartland.”

Morrisons beer buyer, Codie Pearce commented, “The substantial increase in distribution for Saltaire Brewery beers is a direct result of their excellent sales and huge popularity with Morrisons’ shoppers in Yorkshire. We have made significant changes to our range of local and regional beers, which we are sure will please the growing number of craft ale consumers, and the new range will be launched in store from 1st September.”

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World Beer Award Winner launches into Morrisons

Bottle imageEast Riding based Great Newsome Brewery is delighted to announce that Yorkshire supermarket chain Morrisons is to begin stocking its award winning bottled beers.

World Beer Award winning ‘Frothingham Best’ will be available in 75 Morrisons stores throughout Yorkshire from early September. The East Yorkshire based family brewery clinched the order working closely with drinks distributor PLB Group and Ilkley based ARC Retail Consultancy.
Matthew Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery commented, “We are delighted that Morrisons have decided to stock our beer and very proud of all our recent award success. This is the largest single listing that we have had for one of our products since we began in 2007 and we are doubly pleased that a quality Yorkshire retailer has chosen to stock a quality, award -winning Yorkshire Beer.”

Great Newsome Brewery’s ‘Frothingham Best’ received national coverage in 2013 when it won a World Beer Award receiving the title the ‘Best Bitter under 5%’ in both Europe and the World. More recently, it has picked up a coveted gold star in the Guild of Fine Foods, 2014 Great Taste Awards reaffirming its pedigree. Frothingham Best has now gone on to become the brewery’s best selling beer, available in both cask and bottle, in numerous pubs, bars, shops and delis throughout the region.

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’. 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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Triple Chocoholic Stout wins again for Saltaire

Triple Choc Hi-Res bottle photoSaltaire Brewery’s Triple Chocoholic Stout 4.8% ABV has won Gold in the Speciality Beer category at this year’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), taking place in Olympia, London from 12 to 16 August. The bottled version has also received an outstanding 2 stars in 2014’s Great Taste Awards by the Guild of Fine Foods this week.

These are the latest awards for this internationally award-winning stout, which has received recognition every year since it was first brewed in 2009. In the UK, it’s long been a favourite at CAMRA beer festivals and was the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Supreme Champion in 2010. It’s also received international recognition in its bottled format. In 2011, it won a Gold Medal at the 2011 International Brewing Awards and was voted Europe’s Best Stout at the World Beer Awards. In 2012, it was Best Stout at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards.

Tony Gartland, Managing Director said: “The GBBF is one of the biggest beer competitions in the world and I’m delighted that Triple Chocoholic won Gold in its category this year – last year we received Silver in the same category so it’s heartening to know that CAMRA continue to rate it highly. Alongside its Great Taste award for the bottled version, this has been a special week for a very special beer. ”

Triple Chocoholic Stout is available in cask and bottles. The bottles are stocked in Booths  and selected Waitrose and Asda stores in Yorkshire, as well as independent off licences.


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