Anchor’s Away!

The story behind the exciting new range from a brewery with over 150 years of rich brewing heritage

For those who may not know, Camerons Brewery is now the only remaining major independent family brewer in the North East of England with more than 150 years of brewing history. Known for their fine portfolio of traditional ales including their famous Strongarm Ruby Red ale and contemporary milk stout Tontine, they’re now embarking on a new voyage, writing new history, with a crafty range of nautical themed beers dubbed the Anchor range.

While they may be better known for their traditional brewing, this isn’t Camerons first endeavour into modern craft brewing. Their new Tooth & Claw Brewing venture allow the brewery to create innovative small batch brews, providing an unbelievable creative outlet for the team; members of the team have creative freedom to create their own beer styles, with the best of these chosen to upscale and sell across bottle shops and specialist bars across the UK. So far, this hub of creativity has created everything from a 7.0% Nelson Sauvin and Vic Secret IPA to an Indian Spiced Mango Sour.

Now, Camerons has launched its Anchor range of nautical themed beers. The brewery, which is located on the North East coast in Hartlepool County Durham, wanted to celebrate their coastal roots in a series of cask, keg and can beers. 2020 has seen five beers launched as part of the range, with each recipe based on a classic beer style but with a modern interpretation and the addition of new world hops.

The first of these can beer launches was Surf which is a crisp clean Bohemian style lager.  Following the success of Surf, four new beers have soon followed.  Spinnaker is a hoppy IPA which has been dry hopped with Citra and Raku hops, Bowline a classic full flavoured east coast pale ale, the easy drinking and well balanced Shoal blonde beer and the more experimental True Horizon which is a lactose-infused pale ale with flavours of peach, which are derived from the use of Amarillo hops.

It’s an incredible and exciting range of beers but, as we know with craft beer, it’s about more than the liquid in the can; what’s on the outside counts too. Craft beer is synonymous with incredible artwork and Camerons commissioned US ‘Sharpie’ artist Travis Moore to create a series of hand drawn pieces which captured the nautical theme perfectly. These designs created a unique and easily identifiable family of beers.

About the artist

A Texas born artist, best known for his Sharpism pieces depicting a wide array of subject matter, but most notably his interpretations of the modern urban landscape. He works in a range of media, however, he is primarily focused on creating art in Sharpie permanent markers.

Travis uses the Sharpies on a multitude of surfaces including canvas, paper, glass, and all sorts of found objects.

Travis received worldwide media attention as the artist responsible for the Lemmy Kilmister Memorial Statue. The life-size bronze statue is located at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California.

He is now based primarily in London and is currently creating street art in his signature Sharpism style, while collaborating with other artists and businesses to create innovative products based on his popular artistic designs and creations.

While the Anchor may have dropped with five incredible brews, the team at Camerons are only getting started with further beers are being trialled at the brewery and are planned to be launched in 2021.

Watch this space!

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