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18th June 2019

A sound partnership for Simpsons Malt and local beer & music festival

(L-R) Moira Kay, community event organiser and Nick Allmark, folk musician.
(L-R) Moira Kay, community event organiser and Nick Allmark, folk musician.

Family-owned maltster Simpsons Malt will support the inaugural Horncliffe Beer & Music Festival on 13th – 14th July.

With the support of Simpsons Malt and other sponsors, the free to attend two-day event has been designed to celebrate live music, locally sourced food and local beers and ales.

The family-friendly festival will take place on the Village Green, in Fishers Arms pub and Horncliffe Memorial Hall, with the organisers hoping that locals will come along and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes over the festival weekend.

With a focus on sustainability, the organisers are striving to make the festival as environmentally friendly as possible by working to reduce the use of plastic to a minimum.

Simpsons Malt takes pride in showing support for local initiatives and is proud of its Berwick heritage. As one of the UK’s largest producers of fine malt the company supplies malts to some of the biggest beer and whisky producers around the world.

Speaking about the maltster’s support of the festival, Vice Chairman of Simpsons Malt, Richard Simpson explained: “As a local business, many of our employees live in the local area surrounding our maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed and we are proud to be active participants in the community.

“We are excited to be getting behind the first Horncliffe Beer & Music Festival. It will be a great day out for local families and a chance to enjoy live music and the finest local food and beer.”
Nick Allmark, co-organiser of the festival and well-known local musician, said “We are delighted that Simpsons Malt have agreed to be our major sponsor. It means that we can offer free admission to the festival and we hope that that will encourage many local people to come along and hear some great music.”

As well as music, food and beer, the Horncliffe Beer & Music Festival will also play host to a selection of stalls including storytelling, face painting and local designers.


Contact Rebeca Moss / 0131 526 3190

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Notes to Editor Simpsons Malt is a family-owned independent maltster providing premium malt to the brewing, distilling and food industries worldwide. Managed by the 5th generation of the Simpsons family, the company remains focused on its core malting business investing in excess of £80million over the last 25 years. Headquartered in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, it is an area famous for its barley.


The company’s other maltings is situated at Tivetshall St. Margaret in the heart of the English barley growing county of Norfolk. The company produces in excess of 280,000 tonnes of malt each year.


The company’s agricultural and trading arms, McCreath Simpson & Prentice and John Guthrie, procures in excess of 300,000 tonnes of barley each year from more than 2,000 farmers in the North of England, the Borders, Fife, Perthshire, Angus, the Lothians, and Aberdeenshire. At harvest time, almost 100% of the company’s annual barley requirements are stored in quality-assured storage areas.