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.
Watch this space!