We are proud to continue our membership of the Exeter Foundation “First Fifteen” This means we pledge our support to the Foundation and commit to raising money for this very worthwhile local charity.
Please visit the Exeter Foundation site to read more.
To help raise funds we are making a donation to the Foundation for every pint sold of a new ale named Tomahawk®. Available in Cask, bottle, polypin, BIB.
Image above: Our Tomahawk® ale pump clip
Devon County Show
Despite the weather not being too kind, our new bar at the Devon County Show was a great success. This was the bar’s second year and at the request of the Organisers, we have now given the bar a new name: The Avocet Bar (what else!).
We extended the opening hours a little this year, with the music stage staying open an extra hour or two. Hopefully we will further extend the evening entertainment next year – so look out for announcements nearer the time.
Image. New Devon County Show bar 2016, early evening.
Avocet wins gold
Our Avocet ale won Gold in the prestigious Taste of the West Awards this year.
Following these awards Taste of the West hosted a exhibition on the Exeter Cathedral Green. All exhibitors were Gold winners, so a fitting variety of quality produce was on show for the event, which was visited by HRH Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
HRH the Prince of Wales is Patron of the Taste of the West.
Image: Our gazebo on the wonderful Cathedral Green with spectacular back-drop. Taste of the West Awards launch 2016
We are immensely proud to supply our ale to the British Army Rifles.
Based on our award winning Avocet® ale, Rifleman has proved very popular with the Rifles, which has battalions throughout the UK, Northern Ireland and Germany.
Image: Our Rifleman bottle label, designed for the British Army Rifles.
As well as being our leading brand here at home, Avocet continues to sell well in France, with four shipments so far this year, all by our unique wind-power only shipping method.
Exports to France by sail. since 2009 we have been exporting our bottled Avocet to France. This is a joint venture with TOWT/Fairtransport, who are leading the way with sustainable transport, moving goods around the world solely by wind power. Our first shipment left Brixham harbour in October 2009 aboard the 150 foot square rigger, the Tres Hombres. Since then there have been other shipments from Brixham, Plymouth and Falmouth. In 2015 we made four large shipments, and sales continue to grow. Avocet ale is now available in cafes and shops from Brittany to Paris. We have used a number of sailing vessels, the most recent being the Lugger Grayhound, out of Falmouth. This was featured in a recent Sunday Times, following the Grayhound as she picked up a shipment of Avocet from Brixham harbour.