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UK port launches charity ale

The Port of Blyth located on the northeast coast of England has launched its own line of craft beer that will see the local produced ale showcased at trade conferences around Europe and raise money for a local charity.

The blond beer called Seas the Day is brewed by Anarchy Brewery and is now stocked at a local pub in Blyth with five pence from every pint sold donated to the Blyth Tall Ship charity.

Martin Lawlor, chief executive at Port of Blyth, said: “We were looking for a gift that people would remember us by and what better way to help them do that than with a bottle of our own great tasting beer. Having partnered with Anarchy to produce the beer, at the first conference we took it to we nearly ran out on the first day and soon realised we were on to a good thing. We approached the Commissioners Quay with a view to them stocking it with a percentage going to charity and were delighted that they bought into the idea straight away.”

Blyth Tall Ship is an educational charity offering local youngsters a route into employment through traditional boat building skills and qualifications.

British brewers have a history of supporting maritime charities. Gales Seafarers, for instance, has been brewed by London’s Fullers since 2005 and has raised more than $150,000 for charity Seafarers UK over the past 13 years.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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