Its been a while since my last blog post (July 2013) so lets take it in stages shall we......
|Nice. The Butterfly Range in its completeness.|
Three became four as we welcomed our new brew, Brown Hairstreak into the fold of our Butterfly Series. We coincided its launch with our appearance at the Pershore Plum Festival, where we were lucky enough to be invited to share a stand alongside the local Brown Hairstreak Champions: the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation. See http://betulae.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/only-here-for-beer.html for details.
|Colin, Jean-Christophe and Graeme.|
We attended the fabulous Alnwick Food Festival where our beers sold really well and we rubbed shoulders with the stars. Jean-Christophe Novelli found time during his busy schedule to pose with the likes of us and all the other market traders. Not only is he a top chef but a top bloke to boot!
It seems that the good folk of Alnwick were already in Christmas Shopping mode as we ran out of our gift packs on the first day. They do look fab though and make exceedingly good presents!
FTN attended the Eider Chase Meeting at Newcastle Racecourse. With bottles available at the on-course bars and draught Eider on sale just outside the racecourse at the Border Minstrel Pub, the velvety smoothness of this delicious dark beer was brought to the masses! As a rather blatant attempt to promote our lovely Eider beer, we gave the winning owners and trainers of each race on the card one of our very desirable Gift Packs. See the official photographers website for imagery:
The winning owners and trainer of the Eider Chase itself were treated to a complementary case of 12 Eiders as a suitable reward for winning this gruelling stamina test (second only in distance to the Grand National). Congratulations here goes to the winning connections of Wyck Hill, the owner, JP McManus and the trainer David Bridgwater. Rather fitting then that I backed Wyck Hill to win and celebrated later with a pint of Eider in the Border Minstrel!