Monday, May 30, 2011

Saltburn 150 Anniversary Ale

Special brew
At the beginning of this year the Saltburn 150 committee, made up of various organisations and individuals, started to look at ideas to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. Peter Nixon proposed the idea of a celebration real ale and, along with 3 Saltburn members from Cleveland Camra (Campaign for Real Ale), commissioned  Wainstones Brewery at Stokesley to produce it.

The first tasting of the beer at the brewery was enthusiastically reviewed. Stuart and John Toovey, the brewers, describe the beer as being chestnut coloured, 4.1% in strength and designed especially for the 150th celebrations along the lines of a steam beer (to link in with the Boughton steam engine which first arrived in Saltburn on 17th August 1861). It is based on a traditional English ale with the use of USA Challenger and Cascade hops to give a full, fresh flavour.

The beer will be launched at 8pm on Monday, 6th June at the Saltburn Conservative Club where there will also be an opportunity to talk to the brewer. Representatives will be present from the 150 committee, Cleveland Camra and, hopefully, all the real ale outlets in Saltburn, where it is hoped that the 150 Anniversary Ale will be available during the year. It has been agreed with the brewer that they will donate a percentage of the cost price of the beer towards the 150 celebrations.

Stuart and John Toovey reviewing the special brew.

Diary Date
Cleveland CAMRA will feature this beer at a real beer festival to be held on 11th and 12th November at the Saltburn Community Centre. Please note that these are the correct dates and not those published in the Welcome to Saltburn leaflet. Due to the overwhelming success of the beer festival held at Emmanuel Church Hall in 2009, there will be 35 beers, with 9 ciders and perries on offer, an increase of 50%, as well as local fruit wine, soft drinks and snacks.
There will be entertainment during the evenings and commemorative glasses for sale featuring the 150 logo. Opening hours will be 11:15am – 5pm and 6pm - 10:30pm and advance tickets will be on sale nearer the time. If any local businesses or individuals would like to sponsor a cask of ale of their choice, or if you would like any more information, please contact Jill Day on 01287 622444.

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