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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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Yorkshire Brewery highly commended at food and farming industry awards

A Yorkshire Coast brewery has been highly commended at a national industry awards event.

Paul Bellinger collects his award from Gyles Brandreth, right

Bridlington based Wold Top Brewery, received a Highly Commended award for its farm diversification enterprise in the Rural Enterprise Award at the 2014 Farm Business Food and Farming Industry Awards.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Members Dining Room of the House of Commons in the historic Palace of Westminster and were presented by former Member of Parliament and entertainer, Gyles Brandreth.

The judges said the brewery has shown it can further develop past its initial concept with good brand awareness, evidence of strong financial growth in a tricky sector and a well-thought out strategy.

The brewery is one of three businesses owned by the Mellor family who also established Agricola Bottling Ltd and more recently, Muddy Souls Events at its Hunmanby Grange site.

Gill Mellor, Director, said she couldn’t be more pleased with the award.

“To be acknowledged by the Food and Farming Industry Awards means a lot to the team who work across all three businesses. We’re very lucky to have a committed and flexible work force and we’re very proud of them.”

The award follows a series of awards win for Wold Top Brewery that included four wins in two days: overall Business of the Year and the Best Small Business Award at the York Press Business Awards; the Best Small Business Award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards and the Best Green Business Award at the inaugural Scarborough News Business Awards.

They also gained national acclaim at the British Farming Awards in Droitwich where they were awarded Diversification Innovator of the Year earlier in the year.

Wold Top Brewery was founded in 2003 out of a need to diversify from farming and the distinctive character of their beer comes from the home-grown barley and the farm’s own source of chalk-filtered water.

Wold Top Brewery’s cask and bottled ales can be found in pubs, independent retailers, farm shops, delis, hotels, and off-licences throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire.

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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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