Salute to the Legendary “Mad Jack”

Mad Jack cheque presentation to Royal Marines fundDartmoor Brewery has saluted the wartime achievements of Lieutenant Colonel “Mad” Jack Churchill, with a donation to the Commandos Benevolent Fund.

Mad Jack, who died in 1996, remains a legend throughout the military for his distinguished career and unique character.

Through the Second World War he entered each battle armed with a longbow, bagpipes and a Scottish broadsword, which he would brandish at the enemy. Mad Jack captured 42 German soldiers single handed, and is credited as the only person to successfully use a bow and arrow in battle during World War II.

With the assistance of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Dartmoor Brewery came up with a special brew to celebrate the life and achievements of Mad Jack, with a donation from each bottle sold going to the Commandos Benevolent Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to former Army Commandos and their dependants.

Dartmoor Brewery’s Scott Prideaux (centre, above) is pictured presenting a cheque to Michael Copland, Honorary Treasurer of the Commandos Benevolent Fund, and Captain Dan Withers from 3 Commando Brigade.

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Dartmoor Brewery Gains New Quality Award

SALSA Approved logoDartmoor Brewery has gained a highly regarded industry accreditation for the quality of its production processes.

The SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) award for the brewing industry was developed in conjunction with the Cask Marque scheme which recognises excellence in the service of craft ale.

Richard Smith, Managing Director at Dartmoor Brewery, commented: “As we continue to grow our business at Dartmoor Brewery, it is vital that we further develop our professional and robust processes and systems, whilst also maintaining the essential character of our craft ales. The SALSA accreditation reinforces our message about quality and consistency in craft ale production, and will enable us to distribute our excellent ales to the many trade buyers who now insist on this standard.”

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Thatched House Plans “Ale-Pril” Fool

The Thatched HouseThe superb Thatched House Inn, Exeter, is getting into the spirit of Spring with its “Ale-Pril Fool” Beer Festival on 31st March and 1st April.

The festival of fine ales kicks off at 5pm on Friday 31st.  Look out for 14 guest ales, including Three Hares from Dartmoor Brewery.  There’ll be live music each evening, and entry is free.

The Thatched House itself has been around since the 1600′s, but has only been a pub since 1937.  You’ll find “The Thatch” on the main Exwick Road, just outside the city of Exeter.

In addition to a tempting range of well-kept ales (including Dartmoor Brewery offerings), you’ll find hearty pub food prepared using the best local meats, fish and vegetables.  Keeping it really local, The Thatch is also known to secure fresh veg from the local allotment-keepers in exchange for an ale or two.

The Thatched House
Exwick Road, Exeter EX4 2BQ

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South West Business Expo

South West Business Expo logoThe South West of England is home to thriving, innovative businesses, large and small, and the South West Business Expo 2017 will be showcasing many of them.

You’ll find the team from Dartmoor Brewery at the Expo on Thursday 30th March at Exeter’s Matford Centre, from 10am until 4pm. Pop along to our stand if you are visiting the Expo – we’ll be showing off our core range of craft ales, and there’ll be tasters to be enjoyed!

As well as over 170 exhibitors, there will also be free seminars and business networking events.  The Expo is open to delegates from all sectors of business, whether you are a business start-up or a long established name.  Entry is free if you register in advance, or by £5 charity donation on the day.

South West Business Expo
The Matford Centre, Exeter, EX2 8FD
Thursday 30th March 2017, 10am – 4pm

Find us on Stand 114

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The Steam Packet Inn

Steam Packet Inn TotnesDartmoor Brewery are out on the road again, with a Meet the Brewer event at The Steam Packet Inn, Totnes, Friday 24th March from 5pm until 7pm. We look forward to introducing our fine Dartmoor craft ales to the fine folk of Totnes!

The Steam Packet is a family owned pub in a prime position on the banks of the River Dart in the heart of Totnes. There’s a riverside terrace, a very welcoming bar, and a recently refurbished restaurant overlooking the river.

You’ll find a great selection of beers, wines and spirits, including Dartmoor Brewery offerings, and there’s great food available all day (starting with breakfast – from a bowl of home-made granola to a superb Full English).

The historic and vibrant town of Totnes is a great place for a short break away, and The Steam Packet Inn offers four nicely-furnished and comfortable rooms where you can rest the night, from £100 for a double.

The Steam Packet Inn
St Peters Quay
Totnes  TQ9 5EW
01803 863880

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Liberation Ale Launched

Liberation Ale - SAMA82Dartmoor Brewery has joined forces with SAMA, the South Atlantic Medal Association, with the launch of a limited-edition Liberation Ale to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands.

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory situated 300 miles off the South American coast, and were liberated from 74 days of Argentine occupation on 14th June 1982.  Over 900 British and Argentine servicemen lost their lives during the conflict, along with three Falkland Islanders.

Commodore Jamie Miller CBE, Royal Navy, is pictured with representatives from Dartmoor Brewery and SAMA as the first batch of Liberation Ale is prepared for dispatch.

> Find out more:  South Atlantic Medal Association

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Win a Food Festival Break

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 1 croppedWe are proud to be a leading sponsor of the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, and we’re giving you the chance to win a break away on Dartmoor, including tickets to the festival!

The South West’s number one food festival, now in its 14th year, takes place across the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017.

The event takes over Exeter Castle courtyard and the adjoining Northernhay Gardens, and features over 90 producers from the South West, demonstrations from top chefs, Darts Farm teepees, foodie workshops, family activities and the West Country Bakery theatre.

We’ve teamed up with the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, and the Two Bridges Hotel, to offer you the chance to win a luxury overnight stay on Dartmoor with dinner in the award-winning restaurant, and day tickets to the festival.

Enter our Prize Draw


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The Next Phase Begins

starting-extensionA sign of exciting times ahead at Dartmoor Brewery, as the steels for the new extension arrive on site.

The highest brewery in the British Isles, Dartmoor Brewery was born in 1994, and soon outgrew its original home, moving to a new purpose-built unit in 2006.

Now, with our range of superb craft ales continuing to grow in popularity, the Princetown brewery complex is being extended to allow production to be stepped up further. The extension will grow the capacity of the brewery to around 20,000 barrels per year, and is set to be fully operational by the end of May.

Lovers of our fine ales will be reassured to know that whilst we are growing, we are still first and foremost a craft ale brewer, using the finest hops, local Devon malts and Dartmoor water, brought together to create magic in a glass thanks to the loving attention of our talented team of brewers.

Stay tuned for more news as our new extension takes shape!

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Butterleigh Inn Celebrates 30 Good Beer Guide Years

Jo at the Butterleigh InnThe Butterleigh Inn, near Cullompton, has become one of just a handful of pubs in the land to have appeared in the Good Beer Guide for 30 consecutive years.

Now in its 44th year, the Good Beer Guide is published annually by the Campaign for Real Ale.  The beer-lovers’ bible is updated each year with the best real ale pubs in the UK, nominated by CAMRA members.

This year’s guide features 124 pubs and 50 breweries from Devon, including Dartmoor Brewery.

Ray Dwan, Chairman of the Exeter and East Devon Branch of CAMRA, said “We are delighted to be able to say we have such an excellent pub in our area and we will be raising a glass or two in celebration at a special presentation at the Butterleigh Inn on 22nd February”.

”A country gem and everything a country pub should be” was how one guest described The Butterleigh following their stay with Matt and Jo who have been at this pub for over 7 years.

Located in beautiful rolling Mid-Devon countryside, yet within easy reach of Exeter and Tiverton, Butterleigh is an attractive village where the pub is situated opposite the pretty 13th Century village church. The original part of the building is a 400 year old Devon longhouse, and you’ll find warming fires in winter and a peaceful summer garden.  The menus offer delicious pub classics prepared using fresh, local ingredients.

Their range of well-kept ales includes Jail Ale from Dartmoor Brewery.

Huge congratulations to Matt and Jo!

Butterleigh Inn
Devon  EX15 1PN


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Supporting Dartmoor Rescue Group

Dartmoor Brewery - Dartmoor Search and Rescue - SmallDartmoor Brewery has signalled its commitment to public safety on Dartmoor with a new sponsorship agreement with the Dartmoor Rescue Group.

The Dartmoor Rescue Group is comprised of four independent teams based around the moor at Okehampton, Ashburton, Tavistock and Plymouth. In addition to moorland rescues, coming to the aid of walkers and other moor users, the group’s volunteers provide a 24/7 service every day of the year to assist Devon and Cornwall Police throughout the force area. Search and rescue operations encompass Moorland rescues, flooding response, search for vulnerable persons, Alzheimer’s sufferers, despondent persons and missing children.

Dartmoor Brewery will be making a donation for every pint sold on the moor of their newly-relaunched Dartmoor IPA.

Richard Smith, Managing Director at Dartmoor Brewery, commented: “We are passionate about Dartmoor, and the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team do an amazing job of keeping people safe on the moors, often in the most extreme conditions. Our new sponsorship deal is a great way for us to put a little back into Dartmoor, our home patch.”.


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