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Martha’s South West Regional Winner 2017

AT THE EXETER AND EAST DEVON CAMRA FESTIVAL OF WINTER ALES ON 13/14 JANUARY 2017 CATEGORY – STRONG MILDS AND OLD ALES – CHAMPION MARTHA’S MILD ABV 5.3% – STRONG MILD

We are very proud to announce we have won the above Award!!!

 Martha’s Mild is a unique beer, a strong mild brewed at 5.3% abv.  This idea was to brew a different beer with a likely name to match my second daughter’s name “Martha”, who was born in late March 2002.  The concept was based around a mild as in the name Martha’s Mild, however, we also wanted a stronger type of mild suitable for bottled conditioned ale.

 There was a strong mild brewed by a small Black Country Brewery called Sarah Hughes which was a stunning mild at 6% abv.  I had tried it many years ago at Derby Beer Festival.  Also Heather, my work colleague, has a great love of the bottled version of Sarah Hughes Dark Red Ruby Mild, so that is what we wanted, a sweet dark ruby red mild with a ‘biscuit’ background.

 In order to do this, we needed a blend of Amber,k Chocolate and Pale Ale malts with roasted barley all produced at our historic Maltings in Newton Abbot.  Also, a mixture of English aromatic hops was required for the light and complexed bitterness for a stronger mild.

 This beer was first brewed in March 2002, Martha is now 14 years old!  It is a great accolade to win this Class at Exeter Winter Beer Festival.  Martha’s Mild will be available through the ‘CAMRA Mild Month of May 2017’ and at TUCKERS MALTING BEER FESTIVAL 20-22 April.  Martha’s in your local public house in May and bottles at our door!

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Meeting MP Mel Stride

Left to right, John Lawton (Brewer), Mel Stride MP for Central Devon, Ivan Bridle (landlord of Palk Arms) and Gordon Keep (local farmer)

The effort made by the intrepid three local Devon personalities to see their Member Of Parliament Mel Stride to protest about the rises in beer duty during the previous Labour Government. We visited the back bench debate shortly before which took place in a side chamber. Mel gave us a tour of the Houses of Parliament which included a visit to the main chamber as well. Much was discussed that day along with some site seeing too. The result was two more drops in beer duty rates over the next two Budgets. The Palk Arms at Hennock run by Ivan and his partner Jane has flourished too, a good result since the pub had been facing closure until they took over in April 2012.

Mel Stride has also conducted some of his constituency surgeries at the Palk Arms. The Palk is a ideal place to try Teignworthy Brews. If you wish to visit the pub it is in Church Street in Hennock post code TQ13 9QB
Cheers John

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Installation of our new gin still… now underway

John Lawton has designed his very own gin still, using copper piping supplied by Lawton tubing.