Mar 30, 2017
Cheers! Brewculture to boost 2017 legacy fund

It's now time to enjoy the official Hull 2017 beers.

Produced under the new Brewculture label, they are handcrafted, 100 per cent natural and showcase local brewing skills.

Hull and East Yorkshire firms Great Newsome Brewery and the Yorkshire Brewing Company are combining forces to supply bottled and draught beers, and for every pint or bottle sold, they will make a five per cent contribution to the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 legacy fund.

The first delivery was to Humber Street Gallery and the beers will be available to pubs, shops, hotels and restaurants across the region and for events.

The breweries have worked collaboratively to brew two bottled beers a best bitter and a complementary blonde ale – plus a draught ale.

Matthew Hodgson, owner of Great Newsome, said the bottled beers produced by both breweries would be 'easy drinking' and appeal to a wide market.

"The special bitter is a very simple concept and is unashamedly northern in keeping with city of culture," he said.

Yorkshire Brewing Company owner Guy Falkingham said: "The blonde ale is based on an old Hull Brewery recipe for pale ale, but we've given it a contemporary twist by using New World hops.

"It's unusual for rival breweries to work together like this and the collaboration will lead to wider availability of high quality products during the culture year."

Martin Green, Director Hull 2017, said: "It's brilliant to see local brewers joining forces to create these new beers for Hull 2017, which we hope will be enjoyed by people in Hull and across the region.

"As well as joining our wine and crisps suppliers, it means people buying one of these new beers will do so knowing that it is going to contribute to the Hull 2017 legacy fund, which will bring benefits to the city after the year is over."

In addition to the bottled beer, both breweries are also producing the first Brewculture draught beer for the remainder of the Made in Hull season. It is an Anglo-German-style 5% IPA named Breeze after the region's green energy revolution.

The focus will then switch to a draught beer for the Roots and Routes season.

Mr Hodgson added: "We are sure local people and visitors will enjoy our beers and we're proud to be giving something back to help future arts projects."

Farm-based Great Newsome grows its own malting barley for a range of beers, which include world gold medal winner Frothingham best bitter, Sleck Dust blonde bitter, Jem's Stout and golden ale Pricky Back Otchan.

As well as its standard range, such as Supernatural Blonde and Oregon Gold, the Yorkshire Brewing Company produces seasonal and special beers, which have included the Save Dead Bod golden ale.