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East Yorkshire Brewer is a Welcome Tipple in Milan at Tuttofood.

Photo of Meeting customers serving Great Newsome Brewery beer in Milan

Meeting customers serving Great Newsome Brewery beer in Milan

East Yorkshire based Great Newsome Brewery’s beer is finding favour with customers in Italy as members of the team visited international food and drink expo Tuttofood in Milan earlier this month.

Matthew and Donna Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery visited their Italian based importer and distributor, in addition to meeting customers in the Milan area selling beers from the brewery based just outside Hull. An important export market for the brewery, the team took time to meet and talk to potential customers at food and drink expo ‘Tuttofood’ over two days of the visit.

“It was a great opportunity to meet not only our distributor but also the customers selling our beer in various bars and bottle shops”, said Matthew Hodgson, director at Great Newsome Brewery. “British beer is held with high regard by many of the people we met in Italy and it is great to see the likes of our Sleck Dust brand being enjoyed in bars over there”.

“Craft beer and brewing is going through rapid growth in Italy with a large number of small artisan producers starting up, offering a huge range of beer styles. Many of the people we spoke to were interested in the provenance of our beers especially the fact that we grow our malting barley on our farm plus the stories behind many of the names”, he added.

The biannual ‘Tuttofood’ Food and Drink Expo at the Fiera Milano exhibition centre in Milan attracts visitors from Italy and all over the world with exhibitors ranging from large multi nationals to small artisan producers.

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. The brewery will celebrate its 8th birthday at the end of this month and supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and to a growing overseas market.


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East Yorkshire brewery celebrates double shortlist success

Photo of The Wold Top Brewery TeamWold Newton brewery, Wold Top Brewery has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards.

The team at Wold Top have reached the final of the Best Small Family Business category in the Red Ribbon awards that are the UK’s only national awards that recognise the achievements of family-run companies irrespective of size or sector.

The brewery has also been recognized for its export growth with a place in the final of the Yorkshire Business Insider Emerging Exporter award in the Yorkshire International Trade Awards.

Of the success, Kate Balchin, a fourth generation family member, said: “We’re thrilled to have reached the finals of these competitions and proud to be raising the profile of Yorkshire producers at home and abroad.”

The winners of the Red Ribbon award will be announced at an Awards Ceremony & Charity Ball on Friday 10 July 2015 at the Underglobe at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

The winners of the Yorkshire International Trade Awards will be announced at prestigious dinner at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 4 June.

Farm based Wold Top Brewery 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 available nationwide.

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Saltaire launches range of beers in The Co-operative Food

The Co-operative Food is the latest retailer to add Saltaire Brewery’s award-winning bottled beers to their local range. The Brewery’s three leading bottled beers, Saltaire Blonde 4% ABV, Cascade Pale Ale 4.8% ABV and Saltaire Pride 3.9% ABV are now available in selected Co-operative Food stores across Yorkshire.

This latest listing and increasing consumer demand means that the Brewery’s bottled beer sales have doubled in two years. Ewen Gordon, Managing Director said:

“We’re delighted that The Co-operative Food is now stocking our beers. We pride ourselves on the quality and taste of our beers and we know that this philosophy is shared by the convenience retailer when it comes to their food and drink ranges. We’re a good match!”

As well as the Brewery’s most popular bottled beers making it onto The Co-operative’s shelves, two of its specialist beers are also available at selected stores in Yorkshire. Raspberry Blonde 4% is refreshing blonde ale, delicately infused with the flavour of raspberries, and multi-award winning Triple Chocoholic 4.8% is a flavoured stout that combines chocolate malt and chocolate essence to give a strong chocolate bouquet and a rich chocolate flavour with a balanced bitterness.

Joe Turner, Bottled Ale Buyer for The Co-operative Food said, “The popularity of Saltaire Brewery’s beers is impressive and supports our focus on providing quality, locally sourced produce in our stores. We are very pleased to be able to make them available in our stores throughout the region.”


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Star garden brewing at Chelsea

A garden to celebrate Yorkshire’s booming real ale industry is coming to life at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as Welcome to Yorkshire showcases its entry for this year.

It will be Welcome to Yorkshire’s sixth year with a garden at the famous national flower show, and this time its entry will celebrate the county’s wealth of microbreweries and famous beer industry.

The garden – designed by Bestall & Co who are based at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, and in partnership with Wold Top Brewery near Driffield – will feature an old Yorkshire brewing shed complete with Yorkshire thatch roof, besides elements of a modern micro-brewery.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Brewers Yard will celebrate another side of Yorkshire; its outstanding brewing scene with a vast wealth of incredible microbreweries right across the county. It’s an industry that has really taken off in Yorkshire, and where better than one of the county’s many pubs to sample a pint or two of that outstanding product?”

Gill Mellor, director of Wold Top Brewery, said: “Partnering with Welcome to Yorkshire on the Brewers Yard garden at the Chelsea Flower Show is a real dream come true for me. Before my husband and I embarked on the brewing journey, I trained in horticulture and garden design so for me it’s an opportunity to really return to my roots, so to speak, and it’s great to be representing the county’s breweries and microbreweries on a national stage such as the Chelsea Flower Show.”

Lee Bestall, garden designer and managing director of Bestall&Co, said: “The garden is primarily a celebration of Yorkshire’s breweries and stunning ale offering, and aesthetically, it provides an illustration of the historical fusion between a recently refurbished old Yorkshire brewing shed and the fundamentals of a modern micro-brewery. Brewers Yard interprets and aims to share the story of the elements of the micro-brewing process, then and now.”

The Brewers Yard garden will also feature Yorkshire stone walling along with a unique water feature comprised of a traditional Yorkshire Square brewing vessel.

The Brewers Yard garden will once again be brought to life by Leeds-based Aire Valley Landscaping.

Tom and Gill Mellor have been brewing award-winning beers at Wold Top Brewery on their Yorkshire farm since 2003. To find out more, visit

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 19th to 23rd May.

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The Chancellor pops in for a pint of Le Champion.

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Chancellor George Osborne, visits Timothy Taylors Brewery in, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Seen here in the bar sampling a pint of Taylors "Landlord"

The Brewery turned into a hive of activity on Wednesday 29th April when George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, visited with Kris Hopkins, Keighley MP and Community Pubs Minister. After being greeted by Tim Dewey, the recently appointed chief executive of Timothy Taylor, Mr Osborne was given a brief overview of the fascinating Company history by Charles Dent, Chairman. The visiting party were then shown around the Brewery in the very capable hands of 5th brewer, Tom Slack, including a chance for Mr Osborne to add hops to the hop back and go on to fill and tap some barrels containing Landlord. He proved quite proficient at both.
2nd brewer Andrew Leman was on hand to assist Mr Osborne in pulling a pint of the very popular Le Champion brew, originally created for last year’s Tour de France but repeated this year for this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire. In his BBC interview that aired on BBC TV’s Look North, Mr Osborne stated ‘’It is a great place to visit. Timothy Taylor’s is such an iconic brewery. I strongly recommend the new beer they have brewed for the Tour de Yorkshire, Le Champion. Maybe not for the cyclists taking part, just the people watching!’’

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The Half Pint Marathon

Picture of half pint beer matA collaboration between Thornbridge Brewery and Forum Cafe Bars LTD will have you reaching for your (half) pint glass this spring.


Sheffield: The ‘Half Pint Marathon’ is a month long celebration of some of Sheffield’s best independent, beer venues, dreamt up by the people behind two of the city’s most popular companies to raise money for charity.


Following on from the newly rebranded Yorkshire Half in April, the Half Pint Marathon will give people the chance to explore the city, support their local independent venues and do something good for charity.


The Half Pint Marathon incorporates thirteen of Sheffield’s favourite pubs


  • The Greystones,
  • The Bath Hotel,
  • The Hallamshire House,
  • The Stags Head,
  • The Forum,
  • The Old House,
  • The York
  • The Broadfield,
  • The Shakespeare,
  • The Brothers Arms,
  • The University Arms,
  • Kelham Island
  • The Rutland



Each of the venues will be serving a specially created collaboration Thornbridge and FCBL beer ‘Stitch’ – a light, hoppy, 4% session ale!


FCBL Managing Director, Kane Yeardley says “The Half Pint Marathon will be a great opportunity for Sheffield to get out there and support their local, independent pubs and some great causes in one go!” And Thornbridge bosses say “This is a fantastic chance to make a tasty new beer, work with some great Sheffield pubs and make some money for good causes. We’re very excited for the month of May!”


Participants will have the month of May to visit all thirteen sites armed with their ‘Half Pint Marathon’ card. Once they have enjoyed a beer in each venue they will have the opportunity to submit their card into the prize draw to win fantastic prizes from across Sheffield, including brewery tours, tasting sessions, beer, and much, much more.


The Half Pint Marathon aims to raise £13,000 for some of Sheffield’s best loved charities – St Lukes, Roundabout, The Childrens Hospital and Bluebell Wood. Money will be raised through the sale of the beer and events in each of the participating venues.


Regular updates are available at and we’ll be encouraging people to get involved by using the #halfpintsheff across social media.


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Hogshead and Rudgate Breweries Atlantic collaboration

Denver based Hogshead Brewery and UK based brewery Rudgate have combined over a 100 years of brewing expertise and knowledge to create their US/ Anglo collaboration ale Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter which will be launched at the Craft Brewers Conference 14th -17th April . The collaboration is a first for both of the craft breweries and has been a couple of years in the planning !

The two breweries initially met at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver in 2013. As part of the conference Hogshead held its first cask festival along with sponsors UK Brewing supplies, Angram Ltd Beer Dispense and help from the BFBI ( Brewing Food & Beverage Industry UK). There were nine cask beers from the UK including Rudgate Brewery’s famous award winning Ruby Mild, four from bigger American brewers and eight from Hogshead.

Early 2015 Rudgate contacted Hogshead to discuss a potential collaboration – the rest is history!

“We’re like minded when it comes to producing quality beers – and felt that a collaboration ale would be a fantastic way to combine our talents and fuse our brewing styles” commented Craig Lee, Rudgate’s Managing Director.

“Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter brings together the passion of two world class breweries. It’s nutty, toffee, toasted malt character marries with a distinct earthiness from Hogshead’s house yeast.

Starting with a soft mouth-feel but finishing resinous and dry from the use of both England’s finest Challenger hops and the American Northwest’s prized Cascade hops, this ale pays homage to great bitters made on both sides of the pond!” says Cicerone Jake Gardener.

Both Breweries can be contacted for more information about the availability of Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter and will be present at the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon. The beer with be available to try at the BFBI (Brewing Food and Beverage) and Brewers Supply Group (BSG) Beer Stations.

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Malton-brewed Brass Castle beer crowned UK Supreme Champion

Malton’s Brass Castle Brewery fought off strong competition from breweries across the UK to earn the Supreme National Champion Cask Beer accolade for its ‘Burnout’ beech-smoked porter at the BeerX National Beer Competition 2015, held by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Brass Castle also scooped a Gold medal for it’s Sunshine IPA bottled beer, and won a SIBA Business Award for ‘Best Community Support’.  Based in the centre of Yorkshire’s food capital – Malton – Brass Castle is a microbrewery producing vegetarian/vegan-friendly cask, keg and bottled ales and lagers.

Burnout earned its place at the National Competition by winning the cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales and Strong Milds category in the regional heat at the York CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival, where it was also chosen as the Overall Champion of the Northeast Regional Competition.  It was one of just a handful of beers to represent the Northeast at SIBA BeerX and was judged against beers of the same style from another seven regions.  Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded in each category, as well as three Supreme Champion Awards – given to the beers judged to be the best cask, keg and bottled beers.

Aron McMahon of Brass Castle Brewery said, “We are very proud of our beers and over-the- moon to have them recognised on a national stage, against some of the finest beers from all over the UK.  Hopefully this fantastic Overall Champion award will help to introduce our beers to hundreds of drinkers who haven’t tried them before.  It’s also really gratifying to win recognition for Brass Castle’s role in the community.  It has always been important for us to be more than just a producer of beer and really engage locally.  Part of that is in donating a share of profits from our beers and events to local charities.  So the more of our beer that gets drunk, the more good we can do!

He added, “We’re grateful to everyone who has helped us to brew great beer, and to the many local pubs, shops and drinkers who have supported us.  We now have the opportunity to celebrate in our home town at our annual BEERTOWN event – the timing couldn’t be better!“


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Driffield’s Wold Top Brewery crowned Britain’s Best Growth Story in National Competition

Wold Top Brewery in Driffield has won the national Best Growth Story category in the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. The Business is GREAT Britain campaign launched the competition in November 2014, in association with BT Business, to find the most innovative and exciting UK businesses. It drew to a close today with an awards ceremony at the BT Tower in London.

Named Britain’s Best Growth Story, Wold Top Brewery impressed both the national judging panel and the public, with a high number of online votes cast in its favour. Winners were selected by a combination of the public vote and national judges’ scores. They received their award from Danny Longbottom, Managing Director of BT’s UK SME Business. A full list of national winners and the regional shortlist is available at:

Driffield-based Wold Top Brewery produces real ales from its own high quality home and Wolds-grown malting barley. In its first year, Wold Top Brewery converted a barn into its microbrewery and production was 300 gallons per week – at that time it had 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%. The national judges commented that “the rate of production now has real momentum and is supported by a growing domestic and international customer base.”

Gill Mellor, Director of Wold Top Brewery said:
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been crowned a national winner of the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. Winning this award truly sets us apart from the competition in our field, and we hope we will inspire other small businesses everywhere to foster their success. We would strongly recommend any small business owner to visit to access the wealth of support and advice available from the Government to help your company grow.”

In total, four awards were presented at the GREAT Faces of British Business competition ceremony: Britain’s Best Exporter; Most Innovative Small Business; Best Growth Story, and the top Grand Prix prize. The Grand Prix prize winner will receive a bespoke creative advertising campaign worth £30,000, along with an iPad Air and complimentary unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months, courtesy of BT Business. Each of the three national winners will also receive an iPad Air and complimentary unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months.

In addition, the winner will also receive a package of export support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). UKTI 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:
“We’re backing the entrepreneurs and the innovators who run the small firms driving our economic recovery. The GREAT Faces of British Business competition is all about celebrating their successes.

“Following the public vote, Wold Top Brewery in Yorkshire and Humber has been named Best Growth Story. They are an inspiration to other businesses across the country looking to grow, and are the living proof that 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 national winners that have been selected accurately reflect the quality of British business and its excellence across industries.

“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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