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We’ve done it again! National Award for Pilot

Here’s the press release!

Cullercoats Brewery wins Bronze in National Beer Competition
Cullercoats Brewery is celebrating success at this year’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National beer competition, held in Sheffield last week. Having scooped the Gold award for the North East Region, Pilot (one of the company’s Dry Hop Project beers) went forward to the National Finals. Competing against all the regional champions, Pilot was awarded bronze, making it the 8th SIBA award won by the brewery. 208 beers were in the finals, from 8 regions, and there were 80 judges, made up of experts, brewers, suppliers, beer writers and others from within the industry.

Company Director Anna Scantlebury said :
It’s a huge boost to win such a prestigious award in a purely blind tasted competition, jam packed with outstanding breweries. Our Dry Hop Project beers use the traditional method of adding hops to the cask so the flavours develop further as the beer matures. We only use English hops, many of which are still in development as the hop farmers expand production of different varieties. The flavours are outstanding and this award certainly highlights the quality of British hop production.

The brewery, now 5 years old, produced it’s millionth pint last month, raising over £30,000 in the process, through the company’s 3p/pint donation to RNLI(Lifeboats).
Head Brewer Bill Scantlebury champions English ingredients, developing beers to show off the hops grown here. His Shipping Forecast series of beers focus on the other main ingredient in beer, the malt, and the many malt varieties that lend different flavours to the ale. Cullercoats beers are sold widely in pubs throughout Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, as well as at independent off licences.

£30,000 on the Totaliser for RNLI!

We’re thrilled to reach this milestone in our fund raising efforts for the RNLI – thanks to all our loyal customers for helping us to donate this money, helping to save lives at sea. Cheers! In spite of #DryJanuary and the ever increasing competition out there, we have had a very 2017-03-01 10.16.22 (1)busy start to the year- onward and upward!

Mini Keg Tutorial!

Our 5 litre (almost 9 pints) mini kegs are available over Christmas and new year at Fenwick, Boda Home and The Wine Chambers if you live in Newcastle or at the coast, and Bill has done a short video on FaceBook to show you the ropes if you’ve never bought one before. There is yeast in the can, so let it settle a few hours before serving cool (not chilled too long in the fridge as a chill haze is possible – though won’t make it taste bad or anything!). Happy New Year everyone!

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Octobeeeer 7-9 it’s a whoppa!

There certainly is a beery event for everyone this weekend, up here in the North East.

First off

St James Park Real Ale Festival in Newcastle, promises music, food, loads of local North East brewers and some beers you won’t find on your supermarket shelf , including the last casks of our Fortification 7.3% and Forties 4.1% if you haven’t yet tried these.

And then…

Red Lion Alnmouth beer festival  A fabulous weekend of delicious Beer tasting together with a Champagne tasting bar. 6 beers 6 ciders, live music on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon and homemade burgers on Friday night. Raising funds for HospiceCare North Northumberland. 01665 830584 or visit: www.redlionalnmouth.com

Finishing with….

Gosforth Beer Festival, at Gosforth Civic Theatre, not far from Newcastle city centre, 2 mins walk from Regent Centre Metro. All profits go to a great Charity Liberdade who are helping to run the event – music, family workshops, street theatre, and lots of wonderful beers to choose from, 25 cask, 10 keg, 10 ciders. Ring 0191 284 3700 for details.

Phew! After Bill has delivered to all these festivals he will be heading to York to run a Marathon on Sunday, so his well earned beer won’t come until Sunday night!

 

New Fermenter means more beer!

We have been steadily increasing our production since we began brewing in November 2011, from one brew per week (that’s 42 barrels of 72 pints) to 6 each month and now we need capacity for twice a week. To keep all our core beers and the numerous specials available, we ordered a new fermenting vessel from the lovely Elite Stainless fabrications in Swindon. They built our brewery and continue to provide fantastic advice and after sales service, so there was no question of an order for Chinese Steel here! The FV arrived today, and with the help of a great forklift driver on the industrial estate near us, we moved the beauty into the brewery without a hitch. Now waiting for the electrics to be wired up, and we’ll be filling her with beer very soon…FV arriving FV arriving FV arriving FV arriving FV arriving

We’ve made it to £25000!

This is the press release from RNLI HQ…..

Cheers! Cullercoats Brewery raises £25,000 for the RNLI
Cullercoats Brewery has raised £25,000 for the RNLI with the sale of over 835,000 pints of beer inspired by the heroism of their local lifeboat crew.

The brewery, established by Bill and Anna Scantlebury in 2011, is a staunch supporter of the lifeboat charity and donates 3p for every pint sold. Bill said he was thrilled the brewery’s fundraising has raised such a significant milestone, adding: ‘Having lived in Cullercoats for over twenty years and seen the RNLI crew in action and training every week, I’ve always admired their dedication and bravery. Those who live by the sea are always in awe of the RNLI volunteers, and we can all do our bit to support their critical work saving lives at sea.

‘I’ve surfed in the past, been caught in a rip tide, and am all too aware of how easily I could be that person hoping the RNLI will reach me in time. Hats off to them – corporate fundraising is a financial challenge for such a small business but it’s easy compared to the work the charity’s volunteers do.’

Two of the beers, Lovely Nelly and Jack The Devil, draw on the history of RNLI lifeboats at Cullercoats, particularly the stormy events of New Year’s Day 1861 when local fisherwomen pulled the lifeboat two miles to launch it at Whitley Bay. The lifeboat was launched into rough seas to rescue the crew of the Lovely Nelly which had run aground off Cullercoats Bay. Among the lifeboat crew was bowman John Chisholm, whose nickname was Jack the Devil. All lives on board the Lovely Nelly were saved except one 12-year-old cabin boy, Thomas Thomson.

The brewery supplies its real ales to pubs in the Newcastle and Northumberland areas and around the UK and has won awards for Jack the Devil, as well as other beers Rocket Brigade IPA and Polly Donkin Oatmeal Stout.

David Wakenshaw, Chairman of Cullercoats RNLI, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Bill and Anna for their continued support, which really does make a huge difference to the work of our charity. The RNLI relies on fundraising and donations from the public and so contributions like this are vital if our volunteer crews are to continue saving lives at sea.
‘We love the fact that the beers are inspired by the history and bravery of Cullercoats lifeboat crews in the past, and hopefully everyone who buys a pint pauses to think about the work of the RNLI before they take a sip!’

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  1. Bill and Anna Scantlebury and son Ben receive a plaque from Cullercoats RNLI volunteers to thank them for their fundraising efforts. Credit RNLI/Michael Scott

Notes to editors

Cullercoats Brewery is a 10 barrel brewery on Tyneside, run by Bill and Anna Scantlebury with the help of assistant brewer Sean Hardy. It brews all English beers mainly for the pub trade but also in bottles for independent off licences and restaurants. Production is about 5000 pints per week, 5 cores ales and usually 5 or more specials available. 3p of every pint sold is donated to RNLI.

Cullercoats Brewery only uses English Malt and hops and their own strain of yeast, to produce a wide variety of styles of beer. Recent successes have been the Dry Hop Project beers, highlighting the huge variety and quality of English grown hops, and the Shipping Forecast Series, focussing on the different varieties of malt. The Fortified Series harks back to an 18th century tradition of blending a rich matured strong ale with a newly brewed weaker one, and is proving very popular. These types of beer are often rare treats in the brewing world, and certainly ones to look out for.

RNLI media contacts :For more information, please contact RNLI PR Manager, North, Alison Levett on 07786 668912 or at alison_levett@rnli.org.uk or Cullercoats Brewery’s Anna Scantlebury on 07837 637615

 RNLI online :For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press.

Key facts about the RNLI: The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 220 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 141,000 lives.

 

Euro 2016 Pale Ale out this week

If the footie is your thing, we’ve a Euro 2016 pale ale to keep you company at the bar,  smooth, easy drinking, hopped with Challenger and Bramling Cross, plus Admiral late on in the boil for extra fruity aromas. All English of course! Watch out for it at Tyneside Cinema, Hotspur, The Green, Shiremoor House Farm, New Bridge, Runhead, Sandpiper, Phoenix Tap, Pacific House, Fitzgeralds’ Whitley Bay, Sun Hotel, General Havelock, Red Lion Alnmouth, Percy Arms Chatton….and others!!

Beer festival, Carnival and foodie events – Grab your diary!

Our beers are heading to three North East Beer festivals in the coming weeks, here’s the lowdown:

RockCliff RFC in Whitley Bay 27-29 May

Lanchester CC in County Durham also 27-29 May

Tynedale RFC in Corbridge, Tyne Valley 16-18 June – you can camp at this one!

Remember too that it’s Whitley Bay Carnival – May 28th where our beer will be on the bar organised by the amazing Cumberland Arms, right by Spanish City!

A fantastic night is promised at The Merchants’ Tavern in Newcastle, who are hosting a charity night to raise funds for the Fishermans’ Mission – amazing food matched to beers, including Lovely Nelly and Shuggy Boat Blonde, in a gourmet dinner on 24th June – well worth supporting.

 

Also remember the Mouth of the Tyne Festival 7-10 July….

…..and looking further ahead keep the Cumberland Arms beer festival in your diary – always a goodie – 14-17 July.