Dartmoor Brewery hits the “Marque”

Cask Marque logoDartmoor Brewery is the first Devon brewer to become a corporate member of Cask Marque, the prestigious national award scheme promoting top-quality beer.

The brewery will be using the commercial advantages of its new Cask Marque membership to sponsor their permanent beer stockists towards their own Cask Marque awards, and is aiming to be one of a growing number of brewers achieving the industry-recognised “SALSA” accreditation for the brewery, and the Distributor Charter for their supply-chain management.

Richard Smith, Managing Director at Dartmoor Brewery, commented: “As the first brewery in Devon to champion Cask Marque, we have the opportunity to really drive home our message about quality and consistency in craft ale production. In addition, our aim for accreditation under the ‘SALSA’ scheme will enable us to distribute our excellent ales to the many trade buyers who now insist on this standard.”

Cask Marque director Paul Nunny commented: “We are delighted to have Dartmoor Brewery as a corporate member of Cask Marque, and look forward to working with them to increase their trade, and to further spread the quality message in the craft ale sector.”

Tolchards, an independent distributor of drinks throughout the South of England, have expressed their enthusiasm for the growing support they receive from Dartmoor Brewery: “The partnership between Tolchards and Dartmoor Brewery, both champions of beer quality, will benefit our customers and sales of their renowned Jail Ale” commented Cheryl Gorny, Procurement Manager at Tolchards.

www.cask-marque.co.uk

 

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The Tally Ho – a true Community Pub

Tally Ho InnThe Tally Ho in the Devon village of Littlehempston is a real gem of a pub (and offers a very fine pint of Legend from Dartmoor Brewery).

“The Tally”, as the regulars call it, is South Devon’s first community-owned pub, thanks to a group of loyal supporters from all over the world, and is one of three finalists in the South West of England category of the Community Ownership Awards 2016.

Built as a Devon Church House, The Tally has been a part of village life for around 500 years, as a meeting place for friends and neighbours, and its reputation for a warm welcome has seen it hosting a steady stream of thirsty and hungry visitors from far and wide.

The Tally was bought by the community and far-flung supporters to save it from closure, and to protect its fine hospitality for future generations. Step through the door and you’ll find a friendly pub where regulars and visitors are equally at home, and an excellent selection of cask ales and fine wines. As befits its location in glorious Devon, you’ll also enjoy excellent food prepared from superb local ingredients.

The low ceilings and warm atmosphere create a cozy haven in winter, whilst in the warmer months you can enjoy the pub’s delightful garden, looked after by volunteers.

The Tally Ho
Littlehempston, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6LY
01803 862316

www.tallyhoinn.co.uk

 

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Congratulations Tom Cobley!

Tom Cobley Tavern award presentationThe famous Tom Cobley Tavern in the Devon village of Spreyton is rejoicing with a runner-up award in the South West CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year category.

Gareth Macdonald, regional director of CAMRA, was on hand to present the award to landlord Roger Cudlip.

The Tom Cobley Tavern is a traditional and welcoming 16th Century pub, and is the hub of local village life in Spreyton.  You’ll find Dragon’s Breath and Three Hares from Dartmoor Brewery on tap, alongside a range of other fine real ales and ciders, mainly from within a 30 mile radius.  The menu features a great selection of homemade dishes, and an award-winning Sunday lunch.

You’ll definitely want to stay the night in the beautiful part of rural Devon, and the Tom Cobley offers five comfortable rooms.

Visit the Tom Cobley Tavern website, for a taste of their fine hospitality!

 

 

 

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Dickensian Evening Delights

Tavistock Dickensian EveningA stone’s throw from Dartmoor Brewery’s Princetown HQ is the splendid Devon town of Tavistock – rich with heritage from its tin-mining roots, and full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving Westcountry town.

One of the highlights of the Tavistock events calendar is the annual Dickensian Evening – this year taking place on Friday 25th November.

Enjoy the switch-on of the Christmas lights, and a browse around Tavistock’s fine independent shops, then head for the warmth of one of the town’s fine hostelries offering Dartmoor Brewery ales.

You’ll find a range of well-kept Dartmoor Brewery beers (and a warm welcome) at the Tavistock Inn, the Queen’s Head, the Whitchurch Inn and the West Devon Club.  And just out of town (towards Okehampton) you’ll find the Trout & Tipple, also offering Dartmoor Brewery delights.

In the heart of Tavistock, you’ll find The Bedford Hotel, where there will be a pop-up bar showcasing a tempting line-up of Dartmoor Brewery ales, along with tasty and well-earned pulled-pork baps, from 5pm.

See you there!

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Cornish Accolade for Dartmoor Brewery

Dartmoor Brewery at Falmouth Beer FestivalDefinitely one of the biggest and best events on the South West ale calendar, the Falmouth Beer Festival 2016 – courtesy of Cornwall CAMRA – was a jolly good few days out for all concerned – including the team from Dartmoor Brewery.

The annual Falmouth Beer Festival takes place at the 1910-built Princess Pavilion, which is a year-round music, theatre and festival venue just a stone’s throw from Falmouth’s sandy beaches and splendid town centre.

The Falmouth festival showcased a line-up of more than 240 real ales from breweries throughout the country.  Dartmoor Brewery’s offering to the fine folk of Cornwall included the flagship Jail Ale plus Dartmoor Best, Dartmoor IPA and Legend, plus guest appearances from Dragon’s Breath and Three Hares.

Cornwall’s ale lovers definitely took Jail Ale to their hearts, awarding it second place in the strong beer category (in fact, second only to the beer voted overall best in the festival line-up). The distinctly moreish Three Hares also proved a popular tipple for the thirsty Cornish, and was the first cask to be emptied in the whole festival!

Look out for the Falmouth Beer Festival 2017.  We’ll see you there!

 

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Fine Ales and Fine Food

Dartmoor Brewery will be joining forces with the Two Bridges Hotel for an evening of delicious food and fabulous Dartmoor ales, on Thursday 11th November 2016.

This unique Ale Tasting Dinner at the Two Bridges Hotel features a superb four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Mike Palmer and his talented team, with a perfectly-matched ale from Dartmoor Brewery served with each course.

Ian Cobham, Head Brewer at Dartmoor Brewery, will be on hand to introduce the ales, and explain how each one has been chosen to complement the food.

The Ale Tasting Dinner is priced at £40 per person, for four courses plus matched ales (and rooms are available from £90 including breakfast, if you’d like to stay the night).

The Two Bridges Hotel is perched on the banks of the West Dart River, close to Dartmoor Brewery’s Princetown HQ.  The award-winning Tors Restaurant serves the finest Devon produce in warm and welcoming surroundings.

Bookings:
Call the Two Bridges Hotel on 01822-892300

Find out more:
www.twobridges.co.uk

Media enquiries:
Mike Coombes
Sales & Marketing Manager
Warm Welcome Hotels
mcoombes@warm-welcome-hotels.co.uk
01822-892300

 

 

 

 

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Limited edition ‘Mad Jack’ ale launched!

Recently we were approached by Captain Dan Withers from 3 Commando Brigade about producing a special edition ale to celebrate the life, and heroics, of Lt Col Jack Churchill, or ‘Mad Jack’ as he is more commonly known.

After spending many hours being taught the history of Mad Jack by Captain Withers we were enthralled, and threw ourselves into creating this commemorative ale.

We invited the Commandos over to the brewery where they tasted a few different recipes, and selected the perfect one which was destined to become Mad Jack.

We then teamed up with James Housego of Jam Design, who knocked together a cracking bottle design, utilising an infamous picture of the legendary, and eccentric, Mad Jack Churchill.

Mad Jack (1906 – 1996) was a legend throughout the military, and is remembered for his distinguished career and eccentric nature.

He fought through the Second World War, and entered each conflict armed with a longbow, bagpipes and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword, which he would brandish at the enemy.

During an operation in Norway in 1941 it was recorded that as the ramps fell on the first landing craft, Churchill leapt forward from his position playing “March of the Cameron Men” on his bagpipes, before throwing a grenade and running into battle.

Lt Col Churchill also holds the accolade of being the only soldier to kill an enemy using a bow and arrow during the Second World War, after he killed a German sergeant with a barbed arrow.

Mad Jack became infamous due to his eccentric nature and incredible service record, and is remembered affectionately in the military to this day.

So when Captain Withers contacted us and asked us to create a beer in memory of Lt Col Churchill we were delighted, and the Mad Jack ale was born.

The ale, a light, hoppy beer with crisp fruity after tones, was launched at the Commando Forces Officers Mess Summer Ball in Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth, Devon, on Saturday July 16, by Lieutenant Colonel Nik Cavill MBE RM and our very own Scott Prideaux.

The new beer was a success on the night, with the commandos drinking every pint of Mad Jack available.

Captain Dan Withers said: “Dartmoor is a place of special significance to all commandos who have trained there, the Dartmoor Brewery has recognised this with the production of Mad Jack which has given the Commando Forces Officers Mess a unique way of commemorating some key milestones in its history as well as supporting an exciting local business”.

Now Mad Jack will be produced in bottles, with 5p from each bottle going to The Commandos Benevolent Fund, a charity with provides financial assistance to former Army Commandos and their dependants, in memory of Lt Col ‘Mad’ Jack Churchill.

Anyone who may wish to purchase some Mad Jack can do so by contacting the brewery on 01822 890789.

Huge thanks to photographer Sean Clee for allowing us to use his images!

 

Scott and soldier

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We are delighted to be able to support our friends at Jeremiah’s Journey by creating this special, one-off bottle of beer.

The beer, named after the incredible charity, will be given out at this year’s Parish Plod, organised by Jeremiah’s Journey to raise funds.

Jeremiah’s Journey is a fantastic charity based in Plymouth, Devon, which works with children who are grieving due to a bereavement. The charity supports over 200 children each year, with nearly half of the children having lost, or facing the loss, of a parent.

Founded in 1996, the charity was formed by Dr Jacqui Stedmon, Dr Sheila Cassidy, Diana Maynard and Ann Tucker, who wanted to use their skills to help local children who were going through a difficult life experience.

Over the past 20 years the charity has helped thousands of children, and are helping more and more children each year.

To help raise funds for their charitable activities, the group organise regular events and on Sunday July 3 they will be running their annual Parish Plod!

The Parish Plod is a six mile walk which starts, and ends, at the Royal Oak in Meavy, and revellers will get to enjoy the beautiful Dartmoor Views as the walk for six miles through the countryside, taking in a few country pubs along the way.

To help support the charity and mark the occasion, we have created this special, one-off bottle of beer which will be given away to all adults who take part in the Parish Plod, when they return to the Royal Oak at the end of the walk.

Then, after the plod, everyone who has taken part can enjoy a BBQ and live music from local band Last Orders Unplugged.

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Photos from the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon

It was a pleasure to sponsor the Dartmoor Ultra-Marathon last weekend by providing a well deserved beer to some of the runners. Here are a selection of photos from the event, including race winner Simon Longthorpe, Mark Becker, Roger Hales, Mark Wotton, Roger Hayes and Wendy Webber!

Overall winner Simon Longthrope, from Torbay AC, completed the gruelling 32-miles course in just under 3:48:01, and Holly Rush of Avon Valley Runners came second with an impressive time of 4:03:15, less than a minute off the female course record!

We provided some Dartmoor Best Gift Boxes for the event, which were given out to runners when they received their medals.

We would like to take the opportunity to say a huge congratulations to everyone who took part, and massive thanks to the Teignbridge Trotters for organising the event and having us along!

Crowd Wendy Webber Simon Longthorpe and Mark Becker Roger Hales, Mark Whotton and Roger Hayes

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Dartmoor Brewery sponsors Dartmoor Ultra Marathon 2016

Some people like to jog, a select few like to run marathons, and others enjoy exploring the back roads of the moors – but only the most glutton for punishment like to combine all three. Yet there are 250 of the rare breed partaking in the Dartmoor Ultra Marathon this Saturday, June 4.

Here at Dartmoor Brewery we understand the pitfalls of trying to travel across the moors. We commute across the moors on a daily basis, and have to constantly battle with the changing weather, the unruly wildlife and the windy twisty roads that make Dartmoor so unique.

Admittedly we usually drive around the moors, but we have huge admiration for anyone who would opt to run en masse across them, for mile after mile, in the name of fun.

To top it all off, as if the winding roads weren’t enough, the intrepid joggers won’t be running a marathon length at all. Oh no, 26 miles would be far too easy. Instead, the enthusiasts will be running for a whopping 32 miles over the cresting hills and around the many bends.

As such, we have opted to sponsor this year’s Dartmoor Ultra Marathon, by offering a congratulatory drink to the first 50 people who complete the circuit.

The runners will be setting out on a circular route starting at Princetown, and will encounter stunning views as they pass through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor and Postbridge, before returning to Princetown for the finish – where they will find their congratulatory, award winning Dartmoor Best.

Mike Lunney, head brewer at Dartmoor Brewery, said: “We’re always happy to support local events, and they don’t get much more local than this.

“The route the runners will be completing is similar to the route many of the crew here commute to work every day – although granted we don’t usually run it.

“We’d like to wish good luck to everyone who is competing in the event, and hope the first 50 people who finish the race enjoy the refreshing Dartmoor Best.”IMG_2624

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