Tesco raises a glass to local brewery

A family-run rural brewery in Northumberland has had a significant boost after landing a deal that will see its products stocked at Tesco stores across the North East, including Berwick.

Sunday, 26th March 2017, 11:51 am
Updated Monday, 27th March 2017, 12:19 pm
Tom and Lucy Hick and head brewer Neil Thomas with the three Allendale Brewery beers that are being stocked in Tesco.

Allendale Brewery, run by husband and wife team Tom and Lucy Hick and head brewer Neil Thomas, now has three of its award winning beers – Golden Plover, Wagtail and Pennine Pale- in stock.

Tom said: “It’s a real milestone for us and an incredible moment that Tesco is recognising the importance of stocking good quality local craft beers. We’re especially pleased that they’ve selected three of our signature beers to add to their shelves.”

Mark Thomas, corporate affairs manager for Tesco in the north, added: “We’re really keen to keep supporting local producers and we’re delighted to have a great brewery like Allendale on board. Craft beer is rapidly growing in demand in our stores.”

The brewery was founded in 2006 in a historical lead mill that has been transformed into a state of the art craft brewery. Tom won the National Young Rural Entrepreneur Competition in 2008 and has gone on to win a whole host of national and international awards for his beers including, last year, two Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards for Pennine Pale and one star for Wagtail.

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Tom said: “Golden Plover is perfect for the warmer spring days ahead, the light golden ale has citrus notes and is clean and refreshing, so works extremely well with lighter dishes such as salads and chicken and is a great BBQ beer.

“Wagtail is a superbly balanced English bitter, with deeper biscuit and toffee notes and our Pennine Pale ale is brewed with an outstanding trio of bold American hops for a full-on fruity aroma. We feel this selection has something for everyone.”

Mark added: “We’ve hand-picked a collection of the country’s finest beers to add to our shelves, and we’re certain the Allendale selection of English bitter, Golden Ale and Pale Ale will be a huge hit with our customers.”