Competition winner receives brewery tour

Merlins Micro Brewery have provided a tour of their brewery for the winner of the recent ‘Name the Beer’ competition, which was held to name a new beer created in support of Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Kathryn Pilling, who put forward the name ‘Squiffy Duck’, visited the brewery based in Arclid, East Cheshire, with a couple of friends. During her visit she heard all  about the brewing process, toured the brewery and tasted the new beer.

The beer which was produced as a limited edition, is a 4% amber ale made using English malts and hops. It was co-branded as Merlin’s Micro Brewery and Cheshire Wildlife Trust and has been sold in bottles and on draught throughout the county and was even chosen to be stocked by Marlpool Brewery in Nottingham.

Kathryn Pilling who suggested the beer name 'Squiffy Duck'

Kathryn Pilling who suggested the beer name 'Squiffy Duck'

“Squiffy Duck, has proved really popular and we’ve almost sold out,” said Sue Peart from Merlins Micro Brewery. “It was a fantastic name that Kathryn put forward and we just had to pick it as the winner. Our brewery has always strived to be as environmentally-friendly as possible; we only use renewable energy, and have on-site reed beds to return waste water to the earth. We were pleased to be able to show our support for Cheshire Wildlife Trust.”

The family-run micro-brewery has been brewing craft ale for eight years. Since 2010, they have won ten awards, including several wins at The Champion Beer of Cheshire annual competition.

“It’s been great to hear people’s praise for the beer,” said Sam Salisbury, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. “We’d like to thank the team at Merlins Micro Brewery for developing this new beer in support of our work and everyone who has purchased it. We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to work in partnership with businesses and welcome any ideas from local companies.”

Cheshire Wildlife Trust manages around 40 nature reserves and inspires thousands of people to get close to wildlife every year. 15% of each sale by Merlins Micro Brewery will be donated to Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s to support their conservation work.