Cullercoats Brewery nearing huge milestone as donations ‘pour’ in for RNLI
Cullercoats Brewery, long time supporters of both the RNLI and the crew from Cullercoats Lifeboat, are ‘brewing’ up towards an important milestone as donations to the charity ‘hop’ towards £50,000.
Cullercoats Brewery have always donated 3p on every pint sold to RNLI, and they have topped £49000 in donations just recently.
Times are tough, especially for hospitality businesses and their suppliers, not least for the many small brewers which make for a vibrant brewing scene in the North East. Local family business Cullercoats Brewery, long time supporters of the charity that saves lives at sea, have been keeping their customers served throughout lockdown and beyond, with their home delivery service via a new online shop.
Husband and wife team, Bill and Anna Scantlebury, who run the brewery together say they had to adapt quickly to the new trading environment: ‘We were thrilled and relieved by the support of local people and other small businesses in our community, who stuck by us over the spring and summer - it's been a long hard slog, but with everyone's support we're making it work somehow.'
The brewery has just produced its annual 'green hop' beer using hops grown in Northumberland at Wilde Farm, plus a new IPA called NE30, the postcode area which is home to the Cullercoats lifeboat crew and the lifeboat station.
This new beer was the brainchild of Newcastle University business students who worked with the company on their marketing project earlier in the year.
Bill continued: ‘Our small size means we've been able to adapt and brew smaller quantities but still keep our full core range going - with the occasional special like Wilde North . We just hope that the local support continues, now that it seems we're in for another very hard spell.'
Frank Taylor, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Cullercoats RNLI said: ‘All of us at Cullercoats lifeboat station are so grateful that even during these though times the brewery has continued to support our volunteer crew. Support such as this mean that we are able to keep saving lives at sea, despite the challenges we have all faced in this very tough period.’
Beers can be bought locally throughout North Tyneside at Nicholsons Butchers and Namaste Indian Deli in Park View, and at The Ticket Office Bar on Whitley Bay Metro Station. The online shop is www.cullercoatsbrewery.co.uk/shop for local and UK wide delivery.
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