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8th July 2014

4 New British Breweries to supply Craft Beers and Ciders to Booths


Camden Hells LagerSampford Courtenay Elderflower CiderTyne Bank Motueka Blonde

Northern retailer Booths will welcome four new British breweries to supply artisan and craft beers and ciders to its already award winning range, launching at Booths Beer and Cider Festival, taking place in all 29 Booths stores across the North West from the 18th June – 15th July 2014.

The breweries range from the pioneering Camden Town Brewery in London to the traditional Devon cider makers Sampford Courtenay from their 14th century farm yard with thatched longhouse, and the contemporary Harbour Brewing Co, whose beers use Cornish spring water sourced from the hillside beside the brewery. The new suppliers also include upcoming Julia Austin of Tyne Bank Brewery, who will be the first North East brewer to hit Booths shelves.

The 9 new beers and 2 new ciders will be launched at the Booths Beer and Cider Festival (18th June – 15th July 2014) and Booths Cardholders will receive a 10% reward for purchasing any of these new products.

For the duration of the Festival, there’ll also be over 100 of Booths beers and ciders on promotion at 4 for £6 and in-store sampling events taking place at all Booths stores with a range of 10 different beers being sampled each week. Customers can also request to try any of our beers or ciders before they buy. Booths will also be launching four limited edition ales produced exclusively for Booths by local breweries for the Beer and Cider Festival.

John Gill explains; “The craftsmanship of brewing in Britain is extraordinary and we are constantly on the look-out for exciting new breweries and beers to complement our collection of over 200 bottled beers and 40 ciders. We are thrilled to be listing four new suppliers during Booths Beer and Cider Festival, from the innovative London based Camden Town Brewery, which has been on our radar for some time, to the first brewery in the north east to supply our stores. Our customers share our passion for a well brewed pint and are going to be spoilt for choice.”

The Harbour Brewing Co

Harbour Light Ale 4% – Light golden session ale dry hopped with American hops, giving elderflower and resinous notes.
Harbour Amber Ale 4.4% – Classic British malt driven Amber ale with Caramel and Toffee flavours and mild floral hop notes.
Harbour Pale Ale 6% – American style pale ale, big tropical fruit flavours with some residual sweetness. Dry hopped with Citra and Centennial.
The Harbour Brewing Co was started in early 2012 by Eddie Lofthouse (originally from Fulwood in Preston), and brewer Rhys Powell who shared a passion for beer and surfing, and both had the lifelong ambition of opening a brewery. In late 2011, Rhys and Eddie met in a pub in Padstow harbour and it was here they decided to take the plunge and open their own brewery – it only seemed fit to name the brewery after the place the idea was conceived.

Eddie Lofthouse explains; “We apply a progressive and innovative approach in both beer style and brewing technique, whist honouring traditional and proven methods. Using this approach we produce a range of full flavoured, balanced and creative beers. We are committed to making beers that are contemporary and deliver an uncompromising taste experience. We use pure Cornish spring water sourced on the hillside next to the brewery, and only the finest raw materials”.

Camden Town Brewery

Camden Pale Ale 4.0% – Packed with big hops giving citrus and tropical fruit, a round body and a drink-me-faster bitterness.
Camden Hells Lager 4.6% – Clean and refreshing with a dry hop finish. You can taste the great depth of flavour that comes from the long, slow maturation in tank. This is how a great lager should taste.
Camden Gentleman’s Wit 4.3% – Fragrant lemon and bergamot, a smooth, full body and a spicy finish.

It started in the horseshoe pub in Hampstead, London, where Jasper Cuppaidge was brewing ale in the cellar and selling it in the pub upstairs. That was 2010 and things have kept growing since then. As of summer 2013, they are the first brewery in Britain to commission a micro-canning line.

But when he ordered other great beers for the bar Jasper had to get them from much further away, with lagers coming from Germany and other interesting styles from as far as America. Why wasn’t anyone making them in London? So Jasper decided to be the one to do it; to make the beers he really wanted to drink. The brewery needed more space so he went walking and found the railway arches in Camden where he built one of the first modern breweries in England. Here he developed his ideas into recipes and put his London personality into classic beer styles.

Sampford Courtenay Cider Co
Sampford Traditional Devon Cider 5.5% – A mellow amber traditional Devon cider, slightly sweet with a wonderful cider apple taste. Plenty of tannin, which has been softened by aging complements the sweetness to give a full ‘old fashioned’ character which delights your taste buds. Using only apples from their own orchards, traditional English Cider Apple varieties; Ellis Bitters, Dabinette, Michelin and Browns; blended to their own unique recipe.

Sampford Sparkling Elderflower Cider 5.5% – Capture the essence of summer in a glass. The delicate aromatic nose of elderflower greets you as you take the first sip. This is swiftly followed by the subtle smooth taste of elderflower blended delightfully with a lighter cider. The fine white flowers of the elderflower are gathered by hand from hedgerows and steeped in spring water to produce elderflower syrup, which is then added to fresh apple cider.

Sampford Courtenay Cider Co is situated at Solland Farm nestled in the rolling Devon landscape on the southern edges of the parish of Courtenay. James and Alison McIlwraith have been involved in cider making for over 30 years each. In 2001 they planted over 40 acres of cider orchards at Solland Farm and in 2010, Matthew and Alice joined the team. The apple trees – Dabinette, Elis Bitter, Michelin, Browns and a few Bramley – are mature and fully cropping to ensure a quality supply of traditional apples each year.

The cider barns are purpose built within the framework of a historic 14th century traditional farm yard, complete with thatched Devon Longhouse. Sampford Courtenay Cider Co only uses apples grown and processed at source on the farm, producing a totally natural product using traditional methods, and ensuring the product has a very low carbon footprint. The business has been slowly matured (like all good traditional skills and products) and now boasts a full range of traditional and artisanal products, many of which are inspired and sourced from the hedgerows on the farm.

Tyne Bank Brewery

Tyne Bank Silver Dollar 4.9% – highly popular, award winning American Pale Ale. This ale features a glowing amber colour, robust malt base and west coast American hops. The solid malt backbone allows us to use more of these hops, giving a bold citrus fruit flavour and a piney character quintessential of this style of beer. The bitterness is lasting but not overpowering.

Tyne Bank Motueka Blonde 4% – brewed with Motueka Hops this pale ale starts with a biscuit malt base, leading to a wonderful tropical fruit hop flavour and aroma and ends with a crisp clean finish

Tyne Bank Cherry Stout 5.2% – this stout is dark and rich in colour with a mix of chocolate, roast and black malts. Already quite complex in flavour another level is added with a mix of both sweet and sour cherries to provide a subtle cherry background. The use of oatmeal gives the beer an almost velvet feel as it smoothly slips down.

Formed in 2011 and based on the banks of the river Tyne, they strive to produce the highest quality beer using the best possible ingredients and are proud to be at the forefront of a vibrant and growing North East beer scene. Tyne Bank brews a core range of four ales, which are permanently available, using knowledge and expertise to produce a wide variety of ales for their monthly special, taking inspiration from several different beer styles from across the globe. In addition to this, they always have a dark beer available which changes with the seasons.


For more information, please contact either:
Jennifer Middleton of Lemon Zest PR at / 01757 268283 / 07708 155501
Helen Simpson of Lemon Zest PR at / 01757 268283

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About Booths
Booths is a family owned and operated independent supermarket with 29 stores across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Booths is committed to sourcing products locally and seasonally from the counties it serves, a fresh approach to retailing that has earned the company its deserved position as the UK’s leading regional supermarket. Booths works hard to engage with the wider community and develop partnerships with local suppliers, producers, schools and like-minded organisations.