Port of Blyth’s new beer to help charity

Dan Evans, general manager at Commissioners Quay Inn; Martin Lawlor, chief executive at Port of Blyth; and Phil Beaty, operations manager at Anarchy Brew Co, launch Seas the Day.
Dan Evans, general manager at Commissioners Quay Inn; Martin Lawlor, chief executive at Port of Blyth; and Phil Beaty, operations manager at Anarchy Brew Co, launch Seas the Day.

Port officials are raising a glass to help raise funds for charity.

The Port of Blyth has launched its own line of craft beer, which will be showcased at trade conferences around Europe.

Seas the Day, a distinctive blond beer, is brewed by Anarchy Brew Co and stocked at Blyth’s Commissioners Quay Inn, with 5p from every pint sold donated to the Blyth Tall Ship charity.

Port officials were searching for a way to stand out at the port and energy-related conference it exhibits at throughout the UK and Europe.

Martin Lawlor, chief executive, 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 it stocking it, with a percentage going to charity, and were delighted that it bought into the idea straight away.”

Dan Evans, general manager of the Commissioners Quay Inn, said: “We are really proud to be the first outlet for Seas the Day, further strengthening our ties with the Port of Blyth and Anarchy Brew Co.

“It is a great opportunity to help Blyth Tall Ship with the fantastic work it does.”

Educational charity Blyth Tall Ship offers youngsters an employment route through traditional boat building skills and qualifications.

It is currently fundraising for The Williams Expedition, which aims to commemorate the discovery of Antarctica made by Blyth merchant seaman Captain William Smith in 1819.

The charity is currently restoring a working tall ship in Blyth and is set to recreate Captain Smith’s expedition, with a local crew sailing her south to Cape Horn and Antarctica 200 years on from the original discovery.

Dawn Miles, co-owner of the brewery, said: “Anarchy Brew Co is really pleased to be involved with this project and to be working alongside the Port of Blyth and the Commissioners Quay Inn to bring a great beer to life and support such a great cause.”