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30 Jul 2013

 Saturday 20th July marked the occasion of Old Mill Brewery celebrating 30 years of brewing award-winning Yorkshire ales. As a big thank you to all their customers old and new they opened the Brewery for the day, welcoming guests with a full tour of the Brewery and free samples of their real ale including a special brew created just for the day. ‘Cheers to 30 Years’ was the name, the beer itself created with the original recipe for Traditional Bitter which is still used to this day, infused with a slow dry hop process using new world hops.


The day was officially opened by the Mayor of Snaith John Staveley-Churton and there was fun for all the family as for the first time children were invited to join the tour. The Old Mill dray was on display, there were free pens and bottle opener key-rings given away as well as some fantastic raffle prizes and the ever popular ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ competition.

Old Mill Team with Mayor and Mayoress

With the sun shining it drew a steady crowd of visitors through the doors which resulted in tour guides Simon Lewis and Kelly Wood taking groups of 30-40 people around at intervals of 30 minutes. With lots of locals creating a fantastic community spirit, people arrived on bicycle from Darrington and Newton Bar, West Yorkshire and our loyal supporters from Doncaster and Wakefield CAMRA (among others) arrived by bus and train. We also had a very special guest on the day who had come all the way from Dallas, Texas, USA all in all creating a fantastic atmosphere that spread throughout the town of Snaith and onto their Brewery Tap the Brewer’s Arms, who continued to keep everyone happy and entertained by serving excellent food and drink all day as well as having a bouncy castle, rodeo bull and disco.


Simon Lewis, Head Brewery said “It was non-stop all day and we were so pleased with not only the amount of people who turned up but with the variety as well of people who were genuinely interested in the brewing process and some who were then willing to try real ale for the first time. We can honestly say no-one was disappointed and the day was a huge success!”


Don’t forget you can still enter the ‘Name a Beer for Next Year’ competition with your chance to have a beer named after yourself or dedicated to someone you know. Visit the News page at www.oldmillbrewery.co.uk for more information and to download your entry now. Kelly Wood, Sales and Marketing said “We’ve had some fantastic entries so far, some funny, some humble and really touching as well as some that are unprintable! However it’s nice to know there’s some real romantics out there as well as people who really know how to epitomise going to your local for a pint of real ale. We’d love to see what else people come up with so get you suggestions in now before the closing date, 31st August.”


Old Mill Brewery would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who had an involvement in the planning and running of the day. Including the support we received from the local business as well as everyone who turned up on the day. Their generous donations helped us raise a whopping £400.00 for the Snaith Mayoral Charity, with the monies raised being invested back into the community of Snaith and Cowick.


So ‘Cheers to 30 years’ everyone and here’s to many, many more.