Cheers to links with US brewer

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Brewer Thornbridge has clinched a contract to brew beer in Derbyshire for US-based Brooklyn Brewery.

The deal involves supplying Brooklyn’s Shackmeister Ale for New York restaurant group Shake Shack Restaurants’ UK outlet in London’s Covent Garden and is a second link between Brooklyn and the region.

While Thornbridge, based near Bakewell, is brewing Shackmeister, Rotherham-based Beatson Clark is making bottles for Brooklyn’s beer.

Thornbridge has long standing links with Brooklyn Brewery, having taken the US brewer as a role model for quality, consistency and exciting beers when it was set up in 2005.

Since then, Thornbridge has got to know Brooklyn’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, and his colleagues well and the two breweries have collaborated on brews in the past.

Mr Oliver had no hesitation in recommending Thornbridge to brew Shackmeister.

“I knew they could and would make a great beer for Shake Shack,” he says.

Beatson Clark’s special Brooklyn Brewery bottle will be among a number of products the glass manufacturer will be putting on show at BeerX, the annual conference of the Society of Independent Brewers, SIBA, which will take place at Ice Sheffield, March 11-15.

The firm will also be showing the bottles it makes for other breweries including Sam Smiths, Robinson’s and London-based award-winning brewer Meantime.

“This will be our first appearance at BeerX and we’re really looking forward to speaking to the breweries and showing them the wide range of beer bottles we offer,” said Beatson Clark’s marketing manager, Charlotte Taylor.