Bill launches new beer with RNLI in mind

Ex-Solicitor Bill Scantlebury has launched a new beer called Rocket Brigade.
Ex-Solicitor Bill Scantlebury has launched a new beer called Rocket Brigade.
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A BOROUGH-based brewer is aiming to hit new heights after launching a new beer.

Cullercoats Brewery, set up and run by Bill Scantlebury, is all set to launch Rocket Brigade IPA – a traditionally brewed India Pale Ale with ABV of 5.5 per cent.

And as with Bill’s other two beers – Lovely Nelly and Jack the Devil – 3p from every pint sold with go to Cullercoats RNLI.

Bill said: “I’m producing an IPA with the typical style and flavour found in mid-to-late 19th century recipes, using English Fuggle and Golding hops and pale malt.

“It was made stronger and with extra hops so that the beer still tasted good at the end of a long sea voyage.

“I can imagine it being the perfect refreshing drink on a balmy evening in India.”

Bill is continuing the nautical theme with the latest name, as rocket apparatus, manoeuvred on a wooden carriage, was used by the Volunteer Life Brigade to fire lines to ships in distress.

Since the first barrels of Lovely Nelly and Jack the Devil rolled out in November last year, Bill has helped raise more than £2,000 for the RNLI.

Catherine Kaye, from the RNLI, said: “We are delighted with the funds being raised by Cullercoats Brewery, and the efforts Bill has put into getting eye-catching and interesting images for the beers, not to mention really interesting stories.

“It’s very positive that the beers are being sold all over Tyneside and Northumberland as well as further afield, as it all helps to raise the profile of RNLI as well as generate much needed funds.”

To find out more about the new beer’s launch and Cullercoats Brewery visit the website www.cullercoatsbrewery.co.uk or follow it on Facebook and @CullercoatsBrew on Twitter.

Any pubs interested in selling the beers should contact Bill Scantlebury on 07895 692881.