Beer celebrates historic glass firm

Tim Swetnam pulls a pint of Teaser in the Cutler's Arms in Rotherham
Tim Swetnam pulls a pint of Teaser in the Cutler's Arms in Rotherham
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A Rotherham brewery has named a new beer in honour of glass bottle manufacturer Beatson Clark, one of the oldest businesses in the town.

Chantry Brewery Teaser - the original name given to the furnace man in the glassworks - is a 4.5 per cent pale ale brewed by Parkgate brewery.

Tim Swetnam, technical manager at Beatson Clark, noticed the names of the firm’s beers focused on Rotherham’s steel heritage, with brews called Women of Steel, Kaldo and 18 Eight – a grade of stainless steel.

But the town has another side to its industrial history – the Beatson Clark glassworks has been in operation in Rotherham since 1751.

Tim said: “I suggested to Sean Page from Chantry that he brew a glass-themed beer for Beatson Clark and call it Teaser, which has a double meaning: the beer teases the palate but a teaser is also the original name given to the furnace man in the glassworks centuries ago.

“Three weeks ago they told us they were brewing the new beer and invited us to go to the brewery and take a look.”

Beatson Clark furnace operator Max Elliott features on the pump clip for the beer, which is being sold in Chantry Brewery’s three pubs in SouthYorkshire.

Chantry Brewery was launched by Mick and Kevin Warburton, who worked in the steel industry for many years, and friend Sean Page.

“Everyone in Rotherham is proud of Beatson Clark with its 250-year history,” said brewer Mick Warburton.

Beatson Clark makes beer bottles for breweries including Meantime, Thornbridge, Robinsons and Brooklyn Brewery in New York.