Five Points announce charity partnership

Five Points announce annual charity partnership

The Hackney-based brewery commits to fundraising efforts and staff paid time to support its local charities

 

The East London-based Five Points Brewing Company has announced the start of a new annual charity partnership programme. Each year the company will partner with two local charities, fundraising for them and helping to raise their profile across the year. Brewery staff are encouraged to have an input: they will be canvassed for their suggestions on which charities will be supported that year, and can complete a day’s paid voluntary work on behalf of their chosen charity.

This year, it is two charities local to the brewery that have been chosen to receive support. The Hackney Winter Night Shelter, a homeless shelter running during the coldest winter months, and Headway East London, a charity supporting people affected by brain injury, will both receive fundraising support across the year.

Ed Mason, founder and Director of The Five Points, said: “Since founding The Five Points in 2013, we have strived to be a socially responsible business and employer, based in our local community. The community has taken us into their hearts, and it’s important for us to give something back.

“Our ethos is not just about ‘the bottom line’. While of course this is important, we believe that businesses also have a responsibility to both the local and wider community. Supporting two partner charities each year is a great way for us to be able to demonstrate this commitment and responsibility.”

The Five Points has also improved its Charity and Community Support Policy. All staff members will receive an additional day’s paid leave to work on a charity or community project. Staff will be working with the 2018 partner charities, The Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Headway East London, but are welcome to work on their own projects if there’s an issue or organisation close to their heart.

The Five Points organises a large number of events every year; in 2017, they organised over 100, hosting and participating in events and festivals around London and across the UK. Their first 2018 fundraising event, the Tryanuary Hackney Beer Hop, is taking place on Saturday 27th January, and will visit five different breweries and craft beer-spots in Hackney Wick, including the Five Points’ craft beer bar Mason & Company. The event is now sold-out, and all ticket and raffle proceeds, plus donations on the day, will go to the Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

You can read more about The Five Points’ charity support on their blog, and stay up to date with future fundraising events on their website, Twitter, Facebook and Eventbrite pages. If you would like to read more about the two charities, or sign up to volunteer, visit www.headwayeastlondon.org and www.hwns.org.


CAMRA to embrace kegged and canned 'quality' beer

CAMRA to embrace ‘quality’ kegged and canned beer

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is set to widen its remit to represent drinkers of quality beers, ciders and perries of all types, as well as moving its focus beyond traditional pubs, if its members approve recommendations put before them in April

 

We’ll have some updated news and opinions soon but first we wanted to share the press release as soon as we can in full that advocates that CAMRA, as part of its far-reaching Revitalisation, it will embrace ‘quality’ beer and not just real ale.

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is set to widen its remit to represent drinkers of quality beers, ciders and perries of all types, as well as moving its focus beyond traditional pubs, if its members approve recommendations put before them in April.

While continuing to advocate that real ale is the pinnacle of the brewer’s craft, the Campaign’s wider focus will mean all drinkers who enjoy a range of beers, ciders and perries will feel welcome in the organisation.

If the changes are approved, the Campaign will work to provide an enhanced education and information experience for its members, and all drinkers who attend CAMRA festivals, to help them appreciate and learn about all types and styles of beer, cider and perry – and make informed decisions about what constitutes “quality”.

While campaigning for the continued production and consumption of real ale, cider and perry will remain at the core of CAMRA’s objectives, members will be asked to consider changes to the organisation’s Articles of Association which will widen the range of types of beer that it represents – including quality beer which does not meet the organisation’s definition of “real ale”.

The recommendations also propose that as a result of widening its scope of interest CAMRA will be able to represent and engage with all beer drinkers and with all pubgoers, irrespective of what they choose to drink, increasing its ability to campaign in the interests of a much larger constituency.

This broadening of consumer representation will also see CAMRA demonstrate an interest in and lobby for a much wider range of on-trade outlets. While the organisation will continue to campaign for the preservation of the traditional British pub, it will also encourage on-trade outlets of all kinds to serve quality beer, cider and perry. CAMRA will continue to advocate drinking in public social venues, rather than the increasing practise of consumers buying their drinks from supermarkets for home consumption.

The proposed changes may take the form of:

  • CAMRA festivals offering a wider range of quality beers, ciders and perries in all formats

  • CAMRA engaging with drinkers of all types – with the hope of taking them on a ‘journey of discovery’ of why real ale, cider and perry is particularly special

  • CAMRA supporting members in their appreciation of beer, their ability to both recognise quality products and campaign effectively for them to be stocked in pubs and bars

  • CAMRA providing information about all kinds of beer, not just real ale, as well as opportunities for members to learn more about brewing and the different types and styles available to drinkers

  • CAMRA recognising a wider range of drinks and establishments in its local and national competitions

The 46-year-old consumer organisation launched a root and branch review of its purpose and objectives, called the Revitalisation Project, at the start of 2016. CAMRA’s 190,000 members have been involved and consulted throughout the process and will soon have their say on whether the resulting proposals for change are adopted.

Seeking approval for their recommendations, the Campaign’s leadership argue that a wider appeal and closer connection with the current revolution in beer and bars will enable the organisation to connect with modern-day beer drinkers and pub goers. This in turn will strengthen CAMRA’s campaigning voice: enabling it to increase the already-considerable influence it exerts on the Government and industry decision-makers.

CAMRA chairman Colin Valentine said: “It’s always been important that our members have had a say throughout this review process and we’re now at the point where we’ll be giving all our members the chance to vote on the final Revitalisation Project recommendations.

“The vote will be held at our Annual General Meeting, in Coventry in April. In the months between now and then we’ll be making sure members can access the full details of the changes we’re recommending, along with the analysis of the impacts and potential opportunities the changes will have.

“My colleagues and I will be making ourselves available at meetings around the country over the next three months so that members can ask us questions about the proposed changes. We’ll also be making sure that we’re available online at frequent intervals. At the end of this process our aim is to make sure that every member has been given the opportunity to learn more about the proposals before they voted.

“Our recommendations mark an important stage in CAMRA’s long history. We recognise that the beer and pub landscape has changed and continues to evolve, and our place in that landscape has changed as well. We’re determined to make sure that we continue to change and evolve so that we are relevant to drinkers of all types and continue to offer a compelling reason for people to join our organisation.”

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Yeastie Boys announce new Head Brewer

Yeastie Boys announce new head brewer

Former Thornbridge and Buxton brewer James Kemp will join the Yeastie Boys UK operation

 

New Zealand brewing company Yeastie Boys have taken a further step toward making United Kingdom their major focus by announcing the signing of renowned brewer James Kemp from Manchester’s Marble Brewery.

From mid-March James – a respected former brewer of Thornbridge Brewery and Buxton Brewery – will take over the lead brewing role for the small multinational New Zealand company.


Yeastie Boys’ irreverent ales – founded down under in 2008 and now brewed in New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom – have made a considerable impact in the UK since arriving in 2015 and the business recently announced that they had tripled UK sales in the 2017 calendar year.

“We’ve got off to a cracking start in the UK, from absolutely nothing, but we’re always thinking of the future and this was the perfect place to bring someone on board” Yeastie Boys’ founder Stu McKinlay explained.

“Bringing James into the team is an investment in our brand as well as the product. We’ve long been known for innovation but in the UK we’ve focused on our core range products, only bringing in very small volumes of seasonals and specials from New Zealand.

“As our reach expands nationally and into Europe, and often outside the traditional ‘craft beer’ venues, it’s important to us that we continue to excite and delight the independent trade and that needs to happen from here in the UK rather than back in New Zealand. I can’t think of anyone better to do that than James Kemp. I’ve known him for over a decade and his dedication to innovation and quality make him one of the very best brewers that I know.”

James Kemp said: “I’ve been a fanboy of Yeastie Boys since I first tried Pot Kettle Black almost ten years ago and I’ve always considered them to be one of the most exciting and edgy breweries in the world. I’m really looking forward to having a lot of fun making great beer and helping take them to the next level.

“We’ve not mapped out an exact plan of what we’ll brew, yet, as we really want to let James focus all his energy on his last couple of months at Marble” added Stu, “but expect a good dose of easily accessible seasonal beers, possibly with melon balls, followed by a really exciting long-term focus on elegant and very special beers.”

Yeastie Boys – who celebrate their tenth year in 2018 – are now just over two years into in brewing in UK and are a year into production in Australia.
 
“Exporting our products around the world is becoming less of an option as we see local beer scenes really exploding in terms of both diversity and quality,” said the UK-based McKinlay, “The setup of Yeastie Boys UK and Yeastie Boys Australia allows us to build a base making local beers with a New Zealand accent. We’ve got to the point where we really needed someone far better than me to oversee all this production and James is the perfect person for that job!”


Celebrate Harry and Megan's wedding with Windsor Knot beer

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with Windsor Knot

In easily the best tie-in to Harry and Megan’s impending marriage we’ve seen so far is the Windsor Knot beer from Windsor & Eton Brewery

 

Windsor & Eton Brewery has a Royal connection based on proximity alone, but in a clever tie-in with the Royal wedding, the brewery has released a beer called Harry & Megan’s Windsor Knot using barley grown on the Royal farms. 

The beer is a special limited edition release of their best-selling Windsor Knot, which was first brewed for the marriage of Harry’s brother, Will. Just like the original Windsor Knot, this pale ale will be the only royal wedding beer brewed in Windsor.

The new beer was inspired by the couple’s first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto last year.

Master Brewer and Co-Founder Paddy Johnson explains: “We’ve really had a lot of fun developing this new beer. We wanted to create a beer that captured something of that first appearance.  We use a special blend of British hops called Invicta in recognition of Prince Harry’s role in creating the Invictus Games, combined with some great American West Coast hops. As with all our beers, we use barley grown locally on the Royal Farms right here in Windsor and as a finishing touch, we are using champagne yeast. Marrying these ingredients creates a new Pale Ale that is young, fresh and full of character.”

Co-Founder Will Calvert talks more about the design: “When Harry & Meghan tie the knot it will be very much a modern marriage of equals as well as being a celebration of their British and American nationalities. Each of them have causes that they care deeply about such as the environment, equal rights and the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and women. We chose the interlocking symbols to reflect the strength and support they give each other.”


Harry & Meghan Windsor Knot will be available in both 330ml bottles at 4.5% ABV and in cask at 4% ABV and the first orders are shipped on Tuesday 3rd April.