Brewery marks past with range of new beers
McCashin's Brewery in Stoke has looked to its past to inspire a bevy of new bevvies.
The brewery, makers of Stoke Beer and Rochdale Cider, held an event last night to unveil its new range, with several beers named after past employees.
More than 70 people turned out to the event, including several generations of the McCashin's family, such as Macs founder Terry McCashin and his son Dean, who launched Stoke in 2009.
General manager Andrew Murray said he was delighted with the turnout.
The new Recognition range of beers includes the Jim Pollitt Double Pale Ale, named after the brewery's first head brewer, the John Whiti Cirrus Wheat, named after the late former employee who Mr Murray described as a "colossus" and an asset to the company, and the Bill Peck Rich Porter, named after the late cider maker for Rochdale Cider.
The celebrations included Jim and Shelia Pollitt, Karen Whiti, and Bill Peck's children.
Mr Murray said the unveiling was not a formal event, but gave those who went a chance to reminisce and tell a few stories about those recognised by the beers.
As well as the Recognition range, the brewery also launched a new seasonal beer, a coconut pilsner and two new ciders - three berry and lemon and honey.
The event also offered a preview of a new book about the brewery, The McCashin's Story: The First Craft Beer & the Kiwi Brewing Revolution it Sparked. It is published by Random House and will be released to the public on Monday.
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