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Winter 2019 Visitor Centre and Shop

Visitor Centre 2019 imageVisitor Centre and Shop

Open 3rd October until 20th December 2019
Thursday’s and Friday’s
10.30am – 4.00pm
Brewery Tour at 2pm

see our 2019 brewery visitor centre, shop and gardens leaflet

Elgood’s Beer Festival – another great year!

Elgood’s Beer Festival 2019

Elgood’s annual beer festival ended at 10.30 pm on Saturday 21st September.

Tired but happy staff and customers all agreed that this had been the best ever!  Visited by approximately 1000 people over the three days, the festival was blessed by sunny weather and the friendliest atmosphere.

Entertainment was from Toadfish Bone, The Cherry Reds, The Rusty Relics and Bewildered and helped the party go with a swing.  Caricaturist John Elson did a roaring trade in quick sketches of visitors and staff during Saturday afternoon and evening.  All proceeds from this not-for-profit event will be distributed to local charities.

Before the festival the SIBA Regional Independent Beer Awards took place at the brewery and Elgood’s were delighted to win several awards.

Black Dog             Silver     Cask British Dark Beers

Coolship Fruit      Bronze   Overall Champion of the Bottle/Can Competition

Warrior                 Silver     Bottle/Can Premium British Bitter (4.5-4.6% abv)

Plum Porter         Gold      Bottle/Can Speciality Medium to Dark Beers

Coolship Fruit      Gold      Bottle/Cans Sours/Spontaneous

Full details of our awards can be seen here

Pictured below is head brewer, Alan Pateman accepting one of the awards on behalf of the brewery.

award presentation

Unique Display Unit for Elgood’s Brewery Shop

Wisbech Grammar School student, Amy Everall (daughter of Elgood’s Director, Jennifer), has made a unique bottle display cabinet as part of her D&T Product Design A Level.

Now in pride of place in our North Brink Shop, we think it’s brilliant!

Why not pop in and see Amy’s display for yourself and pick up some of our award winnings ales?

Amy with her display cabinet

Amy with her display cabinet showcasing our beers.

Lamb & Flag wins boating accolade

Lamb & Flag wins boating accolade.

On Thursday 14th March, Gina & Dennis Birch were presented with three framed photographs, courtesy of boat enthusiasts appreciative of the warm welcome offered to visitors to the Lamb & Flag.  Welney is listed as a destination for boaters by the Inland Waterways Association (www.waterways.org.uk).  Thank you to John Revell for telling us about the presentation and congratulations to Gina & Dennis for receiving this accolade.

Lamb & Flag presentation images. Click to see to full size.

The photographs show that boats have been using the Old Bedford River since it first opened in 1637.  The Inland Waterways Association is campaigning to fully restore this ancient navigation.  Those reaching Welney are sure of a warm welcome from the excellent Lamb & Flag.

Photos taken by Mike Daines.

Elgood’s Scoops Awards at SIBA East

Elgood’s QE Cherry Wheat beer has scooped overall gold in the bottled & canned beer competition at the 2018 SIBA East Independent Beer Awards.

The awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), were held at Elgood’s before this years’ beer festival opening, and are judged by brewers and beer experts.

Elgood’s head brewer Alan Pateman, said: “This award is recognition of the hard work that has gone into developing our new-style beers which come from a completely new style of brewing.”

“Our unique, spontaneously fermented sour beers and fruited wheat beers are a new thing for many British drinkers but our Cherry wheat is sweeter and fruity and proving really popular thanks to its approachable, full fruity flavour.”

The finals of SIBA will be held in Liverpool next year. See the full article by John Elworthy in the Wisbech Standard.

Guy Shephed of SIBA (second left) with head brewer Alan Pateman, Nigel Elgood (right) chairman and Belinda Sutton, managing director of Elgood’s. Photograph courtesy of Wisbech Standard.

The competition, in which four other Elgood’s products also won awards, took place immediately before the opening of the three-day Elgood’s beer festival.  The “not for profit” festival featured over 150 beers from independent craft breweries and was attended by around 1,000 visitors.  There was live music each night from local bands “Toadfish Bone”, “The Cherry Reds”, “Bewildered” and “The Rusty Relics”.

All proceeds from the festival, after the deduction of overheads, will be presented to the following local Charities:

  • Suzanne’s Hedgehog Rescue
  • SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association)
  • Mind Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & South Lincolnshire (CPSL)
  • East Anglia Air Ambulance
  • Meadowgate School
  • Addenbrookes Charitable Trust

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