Saltaire Brewery Toasts Royal Visit
Award winning Saltaire Brewery was honoured by a visit from HRH The Princess Royal during her visit to West Yorkshire yesterday. The Princess Royal officially opened its new fermentation facilities that will increase production by 30 per cent this year.
Tony Gartland, Managing Director says, “We are delighted that The Princess Royal personally chose to visit our Brewery during her visit to the area. It feels like an acknowledgement of our team’s hard work in turning Saltaire into one of Yorkshire’s leading micro-breweries and, I hope, of our place in the local community.
“To mark this very special occasion in the history of the Brewery, we brewed a new Celebration Ale to toast The Princess Royal at a special Beer Club on the day. This was a fantastic way for the Brewery to start 2014!”
The Princess Royal was given a tour of the Brewery, introduced to the team and officially opened the new fermentation facilities – unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit.The recently installed equipment is essential to make sure that Saltaire continues to meet the demand for its beers, and maintain its current growth rate, which is ahead of the buoyant premium ale sector.
The visit also gave an insight into Saltaire’s popular Beer Club – a rolling 12 month beer festival, attended by hundreds of visitors every month, which has become a fixture in Yorkshire’s vibrant beer scene. A specially convened Beer Club with specially invited customers and suppliers welcomed The Princess Royal and toasted her with a new premium brew, Celebration Ale 6.5%, created and launched for the first time in honour of the visit.
Celebration Ale is a quintessentially English strong golden ale with hints of malt sweetness balanced by a blend of four English hops – perfect for toasting the Royal visit!