Brewers dismiss proposed minimum price plans

Brewers in Staffordshire do not expect to be affected by Government plans to introduce a minimum alcohol price.

Titanic Brewery, which is based in Burslem and owns six pubs in the area, suggest that the price changes will only affect the cheapest alcohol.
David Bott, 53, who runs the brewery with his younger brother Keith, doesn’t expect the Government plans — to introduce a minimum of 40p per unit — to affect his business. Continue reading

Full Steam Ahead For Titanic Charity Challenge

Customers will drink to their local’s favourite charities during a Cider Festival across five Staffordshire pubs.

Licensees at the Titanic Brewery pubs in Stoke-on-Trent, Stone and Stafford have each chosen a favourite charity to support during the festival this weekend.

Customers will be asked to support the good causes and the Potteries based brewery has agreed to match the money raised.

Landlady Cherryl Poppit of the Royal Exchange, Stone, has chosen to support a fund set up in the memory of a teenager from the town.

Joe Gilligan, a friend of a Royal Exchange employee, died last year at the age of 20 after suffering a brain tumour.

The Joe Gilligan Trust (www.joegilligantrust.com) has been set up in honour of the former pupil of St Joseph’s College, Trent Vale, to support and raise funds for children and young adults suffering cancer.

Other charities being supported are the RNLI (the Bulls Head, Burslem), the Douglas Macmillan Hospice (the Greyhound, Hartshill Road, Newcastle), Animal Lifeline (the White Star, Stoke) and the Katharine House Hospice, Stafford (the Sun Inn, Stafford).

“I will also be taking part in a series of fund raising challenges against my co-manager Steve, such as pork pie eating, bar billiards and blind beer tasting.”
“The pub has had a long association with the RNLI and will once again raise money for this vital cause this weekend.

“Port Vale are at home to Accrington Stanley on Friday and I am hoping supporters will come in on their way to and from the match to help us become the most charitable Titanic pub.”

The festival begins on Friday night and runs throughout Saturday and Sunday. A range of craft brewed ciders will be available alongside Titanic’s range of award winning real ale.

Titanic Beer – The best in the West Midlands!

A Stoke-on-Trent brewery has picked up a trio of CAMRA awards.

Burslem Based Titanic Brewery was awarded two gold’s and a silver at the CAMRA West Midlands end of year awards.

The two Gold’s were for Titanic’s ‘Iceberg’in the specialist category and the ‘Titanic Stout’ in the stout category. The Silver was awarded to the Titanic ‘Wreckage’ in the Strong Old Ale section.

Iceberg [4.1%ABV] is a combination of Maris Otter pale malt and fine wheat malt, give this refreshing beer real zest. Add fresh tasting Yakima Galena and Cascade hops and what you get is a fantastic wheat beer that will hole any passing thirst.

Titanic Stout [4.5% ABV] is a true old fashioned stout. A dark combination of malt and roast with some hops. Strongly flavoured and well balanced.

Titanic Wreckage [7.2% ABV] this sweet malty winter ale has a port-like aroma, oranges and lemons play around the edges of the tongue whilst dried fruit and cinnamon drive home the wonderful warming effect, the walnut aftertaste completes this slice of Christmas time in a glass.

Pam Rowlands, manager of the White Star in stoke confirmed that ‘Iceberg’ was a massive hit with all who come into the pub on Kingsway in Stoke. She said:

“Iceberg as been very popular alongside the ale named after our pub, The White Star”.

“Real ale is what we are about, we always have 6 Titanic beers and 4 guest ales at any one time. People know that they have got a real choice when they come in”.

“Titanic Beers have drawn in people from all over the place. We have had visitors from as far a field as Zimbabwe. They were on a barge holiday over here and had a copy of the Good Beer Guide and decided to pay us a visit”.

“We have also had beer enthusiasts from Norway, Sweden and Germany as well as CAMRA members from different town s in the UK.”

Titanic also own/manage The Bulls Head in Burslem, The Greyhound in Newcastle and The Royal Exchange in Stone.

The three beers will now compete at the CAMRA 2010 Great British Beer Festival.