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29th April 2013

Four Beards, One Beer

It’s often said that beer and beards go together but the new beer from Thornbridge puts a different light on the combination. Simon Webster, Thornbridge’s Director, explains “Mark Bull is a well known local film producer and we recently worked with him in filming our collaboration brew with Sierra Nevada brewery. When Mark mentioned that he and his fellow  members of “Four Beards” film Production Company had won a competition to film in the Cook Islands we were intrigued but we also knew that the team was finding the cost of  taking part prohibitive. Not wishing to see the guys miss out on such a great opportunity we agreed with them that, as beer fans, they should have their own “Four Beards” beer and that we would donate proceeds from this to their fund for taking part”.


 The Beards and the Brewers got together and from this emerged “Four Beards South Pacific Brown Ale”  (5.1%abv). Rob Lovatt, Head Brewer at Thornbridge,“says the beer is a  robust brown ale with a complex mixture of malts that are complemented by pungent southern hemisphere hops of Nelson Sauvin and New Zealand Cascade that produce passion fruit, gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas and taste”. 


 Mark Bull, the producer of Four Beards, explains “We have been presented with an opportunity to make a cracking short film in an amazing location by winning a place at the wonderful Film Raro challenge. Being the only team selected from the whole of Europe, we want to produce the best film we can. The challenge is a global event but one that keeps the ethos of community and collaboration at its heart.  Thornbridge have been brilliant in supporting the arts and community scene in Sheffield and now in giving us a helping hand.   We’re thrilled they have become a supporter of our campaign and provided us with the means to transport all the kit we need over to the Cook Islands”.


 Four Beards are a film making collective born in Sheffield with a raft of globally award winning films under their belts, they are now setting sail for the South Pacific to make ‘Islands’.  Tools are sparse on a desert island so the Beards sent out an SOS and an Indiegogo campaign to help them raise funds to ship supplies out there.  


 Four Beards Brown Ale goes on sale from the 3rd May with a “first pour” at the Dada Bar, Trippet Lane, Sheffield at 5pm. If you want to support the intrepid film makers on their adventure then raise a glass to them wherever you see the beer on sale. Alternatively you can take a trip to their ‘Islands’ Indiegogo crowd funding page and invest in one of the perks on offer, such as the limited edition screen printed posters by the designer Sean Mort.

‘Islands’ is a screenplay written and directed by Tajinder Singh Hayer. The film is part of the Film Raro challenge in the Cook Islands, bringing six of the finest scripts from around the world to a tropical paradise location.  The film will be shot and edited in 7 days before receiving its world premier at the Film Raro festival screening, Rarotonga on 25th May 2013.






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