Cullercoats brewery celebrates raising £30k for RNLI

Bill Scantlebury, owner of Cullercoats Brewery. Picture by Michelle Fowler.
Bill Scantlebury, owner of Cullercoats Brewery. Picture by Michelle Fowler.

A brewery has raised a glass after reaching its latest milestone supporting a life-saving organisation.

Bill Scantlebury set up Cullercoats Brewery five years ago with the aim of donating 3p to the RNLI from every pint of beer sold.

Bill Scantlebury and son Ben at the helm of Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat.

Bill Scantlebury and son Ben at the helm of Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat.

And it is celebrating after passing the £30,000 mark – with a total of one million pints of beer sold.

The brewery has developed a range of top quality all-English real ales using its own brewer’s yeast, English malt and hops, supplying predominantly local pubs and using, wherever possible, local suppliers and businesses.

The beer names all draw on the local history of Cullercoats and the lifeboats, with stories of shipwrecks and bravery.

Bill said: “We’re proud to have reached the £30,000 milestone, it’s been a lot of hard work but very satisfying.

“We hope our fund-raising achievement helps to highlight the benefits of corporate giving through permanent charitable donations.

“Our aim for the future, as well as raising even more money for the RNLI, is to be a firm favourite for local drinkers and publicans.

“We value our strong community ties and work hard to promote other local businesses and community events.

“We’re looking forward to producing a special beer for to celebrate the Music and Literary Festival held in Cullercoats in May – Iron in the Soul.”

The brewery, set up in 2011, is run by Bill and Anna with the help of assistant brewer Sean Hardy. The company sells bottle-conditioned beer in local shops and delivers.