As we begin 2014, we’re taking a look back on the previous year, which was incredible for Sonnet 43…
Our core range beers proved extremely popular in the region, arriving on the bars of over 200 pubs in the North East alone. Following their success, we launched the ‘Count the Beers’ limited edition range which took the form a one of brew each month, quite ‘experimental’ in nature, which is changes each time. The first we did back in March was Hopes End, a rum infused plantation beer, with some highlight beers including #3 Soul Can Reach, saison beer, and #7 Ideal Grace, blackberry witbier, and ending the year with #10 The Ends of Being, spiced ale.
As well as the North East, we began delivering in Yorkshire in the latter half of 2013, with routes into York City, Harrogate & Leeds and in Summer 2013 we launched the online shop on our website opening Sonnet 43 up to customers UK wide.
We opened 3 brewery taps; the first The Lambton Worm, Chester le Street which has been a huge success winning 2 star sustainability champion award from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Best Cask Beer Pub for the North East, Yorkshire & Scotland from the Publican Awards. Following on from this we opened The White Lead, Hebburn, and The Clarence Villa, Coxhoe, both of which have been enormously well received.
Sonnet 43 was awarded several accolades in 2013, the biggest being our American Pale Ale and Bourbon Milk Stout beers winning Great Taste Awards, which is an incredible achievement especially considering we were less than a year old at the time. The wins continued when Insular Art – our submission for Battle of the Beers – won over the judges, including TV chefs The Fabulous Baker Brothers, at Bishop Auckland Food Festival. This was actually our first ever competition and gave the beer the title of the Lindisfarne Gospels Beer Durham for the greatly anticipated exhibition in Durham city during Summer of 2013, which was an honour. Later in the year we received the Star Radio Business Award for Best New Business/Product recognising our phenomenal performance over the year and our future plans. Which leads us nicely on…
Our first full year in business proved hugely successful so we’re eagerly anticipating 2014! Here’s some of what we have planned…
With demand now outstripping supply, we’ll be expanding the brew house to increase our brewing potential and make room for craft kegging equipment and a visitors centre, from which we’ll run brewery tours & brewing experiences. We also plan to begin delivering further afield and expanding our routes to incorporate new areas outside our region.
There will be more brewery taps launching, following a similar pattern to our existing sites with our beers on the bar coupled with British food menus, though we aren’t disclosing locations just yet! And at The Lambton Worm we’ll be opening boutique bedrooms on the second floor which we hope to use in conjunction with offerings for the planned visitors centre.
So it should be an exciting year ahead! We’d thank you all for your support and hope you continue to enjoy the beers, the venues and the sentiment – For the Love of Beer.
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