Arkell's auburn-haired brewer has decided to have some fun at his own expense by naming his latest brew A Tinge of Ginge, and not only because of the colour of his hair.
A Tinge of Ginge, 3.6% ABV, is Arkell’s latest seasonal brew created by head brewer Alex Arkell. “We’ve added some natural ginger extract to the brew, a pale ale, which balances very nicely with the sweetness of the malt. It’s refreshing, light and perfect for this time of year,” he said.
“I’m used to a bit of gentle teasing about the colour of my hair, but I don’t mind,” he said. In fact Alex is in good company. Prince Harry is ginger-haired, so are Chris Evans and Ed Sheeran, and it hasn’t held them back. Alex might not be royal, a DJ or TV presenter, and he doesn’t play the guitar, but being tall as well as ginger haired, he can stand out in a crowd, which is great if you’re trying to get to the bar first, or catch the bar staff’s eyes.
Alex’s brewhouse team came out in support of their head brewer, donning red wigs to keep him company.
“Brewing great beer can be a serious business, but we make it fun, trying out new flavours and tastes, and deciding which ones our customers will enjoy most,” said Alex. “When I was training to become a brewer I travelled to Europe and the United States which is where I came across the idea for carefully marrying ginger with malt to give a light refreshing beer. But you don’t have to don a red wig to drink it.”
In fact there is a national Redhead Day in the UK, being held in Manchester this year. Red hair is also celebrated in the Netherlands where an annual Redhead festival is held in the town of Breda. This year it’s being held from 4-6 September. And Ireland is holding a red head convention from 21-23 August. Ginger hair occurs naturally in just 1-2% of the human population, but more frequently for those in Northern and Western Europe.
Arkell’s A Tinge of Ginge beer is available in cask in selected Arkell’s pubs from April 2015, and for order locally from Arkell’s Brewery in Swindon. It is also available to buy nationally through Coors.
A record number of licensees turned out at Leicester Race Course for Everards 8th Annual Licensee race lunch on Friday 10th April.
The event brought together Everards licensees to enjoy an afternoon of celebration with food and drink a plenty, together with the opportunity to see the first flat race of the season at Leicester Race Course.
This year saw record attendance with the Everards team hosting nearly 300 guests from 178 pubs. The event is held to recognise and reward licensees for their hard work and support across the year.
Richard Everard, Chairman, commented, “It’s a pleasure to see so many of our licensees here. We would not be able to succeed without them so it’s a perfect opportunity to say thank you and enjoy a great afternoon out together.”
The day also recognises the top performing licensees who are awarded with a great prize and a ‘Making a Difference’ award. The 12 winning licensees are those who are judged to be delivering a fantastic pub experience and making a difference through creativity, innovation, loyalty and commitment and, of course, offering their customers first class beers! This year it was a difficult task as there were many contenders but the winners are....
- Yolanda Rees – White Lion, Whissendine
- Brian & Sue Crouch - Birch Tree, Coalville
- Zoe Stonely - Queen Victoria Syston
- Paul & Margo Adams - Barleymow Cosgrove
- Will & Lisa White - Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell
- Brian & Hazel Rigby - Stamford Arms, Groby
- William & Patricia Ennis - Hurdler, Stamford
- Alex Astwood, Chris Astwood, David Keatley-Lill, and Martyn Keatley-Lill - Bradgate, Newtown Linford
- Jeremy & Tess Knivett - Whyte Melville Boughton
- Graham Proud - Freetrade Inn
- Carl Finn - Church, Birmingham
- Louise Davies- Rose & Crown Farndon
Each winner received their prize details from Chairman Richard Everard along with Leicester Tigers players Greg Peterson and Tom Bristow. The winning licensees will be going on an all expenses paid three day trip to Iceland this Autumn hosted by Chairman, Richard Everard, Managing Director, Stephen Gould and Operations Director- Tenanted, Simon Godson.
Licensee Graham proud of The Free Trade Inn in Sileby said: “Lisa and I are really pleased to have received this award. The Free Trade Inn is a pub with a great team and brilliant customers all of whom played a part in achieving it. We are really looking forward to going to Iceland with some great people.”
Batemans, the family brewer based in Lincolnshire, has held its annual Rewarding Success lunch for its tenants, with awards given for Publican of the Year, Cellar Management and Floral Displays. The event was held at the brewery’s Visitor Centre and attended by more than 80 tenants.
Publican of the Year was won by Sarah and Chris Sorrell, tenants of The Dog and Bone, based in Lincoln. This awards lunch completes a string of successes for The Dog and Bone after it received CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award for Lincoln last month, for the second year in a row. In 2014, it was also named as CAMRA’s Pub of the Year for Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. Sarah and Chris have been running The Dog and Bone for just two years, and this tenancy marks a return to the pub industry for the couple after more than seven years away.
Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans Brewery, commented: “Sarah and Chris have achieved so much over the last two years, we felt they had to be the winners of our Publican of the Year Award. Since taking over the pub, they’ve increased trade by 40 per cent, which is a considerable accomplishment, and made it a real hub of the community, hosting ‘Stich ‘n’ Bitch’ craft and chat mornings, cookery competitions and film nights, among other activities. The CAMRA awards were also an incredible result – the first time one of our pubs has won such prestigious accolades.”
Joanne Buckland, tenant of The King’s Head in Horncastle, won the Cellar Management award for the second time since she took over running the pub from her mother – and this is the sixth time in a row this pub has received the award. Awards were also won by The Butcher and Beast in Heighington, The Ship Inn in Chapel St Leonards and The Plough in Nettleham for their floral displays in the Urban, Rural and Winter categories respectively.
Sarah Sorrell said: “We’re over the moon to have won Publican of the Year! The success we’ve enjoyed since we took over The Dog and Bone proves to us that customers want a traditional pub – one which offers them real ale and is the hub of their community. We’re looking forward to building on our achievements throughout the rest of the year.”
Stuart added: “The Rewarding Success lunch is a highlight of the Batemans calendar, and it’s very important to us that our tenants feel valued and celebrated for all the hard work they do. We’d like to extend our congratulations to all those who won awards – we look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond!”
The Saracen’s Head has now reopened after a major refurbishment which has included restoring the basement as a bar. The design is very informal with a touch of pop art and has created relaxing areas to enjoy the selection of craft and world beers, local artisan ales and an amazing selection of ‘small batch’ botanical gins. The menu includes a variety of pub classics with a modern twist including a pizzeria kitchen.
Pub manager, Carl Farmer commented: “I am delighted with the new look and we are really proud of our new pizzas which are sourced from Luciano, an Italian artisan pizza dough producer. The handcrafted dough is simply the best – we use great 00 flour wheat germ, semolina, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt”
The new basement bar has been reopened after many years and is now known as ‘The Cellar’ which will host occasional live accoustic and jazz sets as well as being available for private parties.
Peter Furness-Smith, Managing Director of McMullen commented: “The investment in the Saracen’s Head follows on from the recent refurbishment of the nearby Victoria which means McMullen will have invested over £3.5m into Ware once the new pub and family golf centre opens at Chadwell Springs next year. We are excited to be making these investments into our pub estate generally and into Ware in particular as it is important that we keep refreshing and upgrading our pubs not only to make them more relevant to our existing guest’s but also to appeal to new ones.”
Heydon Mizon, Retail Director of McMullen commented: “As part of this investment we have also been able to offer over 10 new positions within the team at the Saracen’s Head. We are really pleased with how the training has been received and hope to continue the McMullen tradition of developing future Managers from within this excellent team of enthusiastic self motivated people”.
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