Beer maker to brew up a storm with inaugural festival

Wold Top Brewery is to host its first ever beer festival when it opens the gates to the brewery for a two-day event next month.


The idea of a Wold Top beer festival has long been discussed amongst the brewery team of 18, but the date for the Big Sky Beer Festival has been fixed for October 7 and 8 and it promises to be a weekend filled with fine ales, great food and good music.

Festival goers will be able to camp in the grounds of the brewery, set on the Mellor family's 600-acre farm in Hunmanby, near Filey.

The brewery already produces beer for other festivals so this is a natural progression said Anne Duerden, who manages Muddy Souls Events from the brewery's farm based home, Hunmanby Grange.

"This festival has been on the cards for a while now and we think, "Where better to host an event of this kind than at a brewery?"

"Many staff members are keen festival-goers themselves and we're hoping to make it memorable. We're planning plenty of quality real ales that people may not have tried before, tasty food, a fabulous atmosphere, and great music to top it all off. It's going to be a great couple of nights and we're looking forward to welcoming visitors old and new to share our first festival with us."

Visitors can expect around 20 different ales comprising beers from the brewery alongside other guest ales with a range to suit all ale drinkers.

East Yorkshire party band Loose Coverz will be playing live on Friday night before six-piece ensemble from York, The Supermodels take to the stage on Saturday. Food will be provided by BBQ company Big Keg Little Keg.

Gill Mellor, director at Wold Top Brewery, said: "We thought it was about time we held a festival of our own to showcase some of the beers we love, as well as offering something a little different for everyone to try.

"It'll be wonderful to make the most of the brewery's beautiful location. We're right on the top of a hill with full views of the Yorkshire Wolds so visitors will be able to take in some great views over the course of the event. We can promise that those who are camping will wake up to the most spectacular views!"

Entry for Friday night costs £3, Saturday entry costs £5 and weekend tickets are on sale for £6. All tickets include a free souvenir glass. Campers can purchase a pitch for £10 for two nights. Doors open at 5pm on Friday and at 12pm on Saturday.
For further information and to buy tickets, call Anne Duerden on 01723 892222 or email anneduerden@woldtopbrewery.co.uk.

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News from Wold Top Brewery

Wold Top Expands.

From BLO Colin Povey.

 

Wold Top Brewery doubles size…..again!

 

I was recently invited to Wold Top Brewery for the official opening of their new brew plant by Sir Gary Verity Chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire (and the driving force behind The Grand Depart, Tour de Yorkshire).

At the opening Co-director Tom Mellor explained how and why the brewery was started, he said ‘’At the turn of the century farming was going through one of its cyclical downturns and we were making no money from simply growing traditional crops and so we decided to investigate brewing beer as the two main ingredients, Barley and Water we had in abundance. After some consultation , market research and strange looks from the local population we set up the Wold Top Brewery in 2002 and produced our first beer in May 2003’’. This was on a 10 barrel plant.

Then in 2011 demand required Wold Top to double the size of the brew plant to 20 barrels (thinking that it would be good for 10 years). However during recent years this again proved too small and so the decision was taken to start from scratch and invest in a new brew house and 40 barrel plant installed by Moeschle.

Much of this demand has come from bottle sales as Wold Top made a conscious effort to concentrate on this as the logistics of the East Coast make it a difficult place to develop lots of Cask sales. Currently bottles are around 70% of total sales by value, 50% by volume. Their own bottling line was installed in 2007 and now produce a little over 2m bottles a year both for themselves and other brewers.

After opening the new brewhouse Sir Gary Verity also switched on the water feature from the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, from the Chelsea Flower Show, which Wold Top sponsored earlier this year. This has now been installed in the brewery courtyard.

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North Riding Brewery Launch.

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WOLD TOP BREWERY CROWNED BRITAIN'S BEST GROWTH STORY IN NATIONAL COMPETITION.


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Please follow this link to read more.... http://www.woldtopbrewery.co.uk/

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To read more on this and other Wold Top news follow this link http://www.woldtopbrewery.co.uk/

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Wold Top Brewery has developed its customer base internationally in the last 18 months through supplying demand from Europe and further afield in Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, The Falkland Islands, Ireland and Canada.

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 Invited dignitaries include MP Robert Goodwill and newly-appointed Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and businessman Barry Dodd CBE.

Wold Top Brewery

 

Wold Top Brewery are celebrating after winning a contract to supply Morrisons stores throughout Yorkshire. It has secured listings in 112 stores for its red beer, Headland Red and 21 stores for its Scarborough Fair IPA.

 Headland Red, 4.3% ABV, is made from Wolds grown barley, dark crystal malt, Progress hops and the brewery's own chalk filtered water and has a mellow malty flavour.

 Scarborough Fair IPA, 6% ABV, is a traditional, strong and well hopped beer that is brewed with a pale Wold grown malt base, a triple hop blend and maize for head retention.

 Of the latest listing, brewery owner Tom Mellor said: "We're delighted that two of our best-selling beers are now available in Morrisons and are selling very well."

 Farm based Wold Top Brewery is part of the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme for environmental initiatives and is also working closely with the RSPB to promote its birdlife. Its range of award winning ales is also available through the website, independent, family owned retailers, farm shops, delis, hotels, pubs and off licences throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

 

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In the Locale competition, Wallop won the Dark Beer category and came Runner-up Beer of the Festival, while Snow Eater scooped Gold in its category.
 
And in the wider SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers Association) Northeast Competition:
 
BOTTLE:
Sunshine (5.7%) - SIBA Northeast Overall Champion Bottled Beer and Gold Medal in the Bottled Beer Over 5% category.
Bad Kitty (5.5%) - Silver Medal in the Speciality Beer category.
 
CASK:
Burnout (5.8%) - SIBA Northeast Overall Champion Beer and Gold Medal in the Porters/Stout category.
Snow Eater (4.8%) - Silver Medal in the Premium Beer Category.
 
The SIBA winners will go on to a National SIBA competition next year.
 
Many congratulations!
 
 

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Brass Castle Brewery 14/09/14

Phil Saltonstall from Brass Castle Brewery at the Hop-back

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