Friday, 24 August 2012

Booklet - Town’s brewing history on tap (Newark)

A Newark pub has helped to pay for a guide to the town’s malting and brewing heritage to be reprinted.

Just Beer, at Swan and Salmon Yard, paid for the cost of reprinting the Malting And Brewing Trail guided walks, which were created by Newark Civic Trust.

They were paid for by the Newark branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), the Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain, and Nottinghamshire county councillor Mr Stuart Wallace.

The trail looks at landmarks from Newark’s brewing past from the 18th Century to the mid 20th Century.

Mr Duncan Neil, of Just Beer, said they were eager for the leaflets to be reprinted as they kept a supply in the pub.

He said: “When I heard it was out of print I was mortified.

“I was having a conversation with Mr Wallace over a pint and I decided I would help contribute and we would get Newark Camra involved as well.

“Camra is not just about focusing on real ales. It is also about the history and tradition of beer and ale and there is a lot history in this town.

“It is so important that we don’t let this history slip away and die.”

Mr Wallace said he supported the Civic Society’s heritage trails since they were first launched about eight years ago.

He said: “I think Newark is the jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown and I think these trails are a good way to encourage people to come to the town and enjoy their day here.”

A member of the Civic Trust, Mr Rupert Vinnicombe, said a total of 15,000 copies of the trail had been produced.

Mr Vinnicombe said: “I think it is so important for a place like this, which has such a brewing heritage, to have information about it available especially in a local pub.

“We have eight trails and you can quite often see people walking around town carrying one of the leaflets.”

Mr Vinnicombe said some alterations had been made from the original trail including noting that the maltkilns on Lover’s Lane had been demolished since the first map had been produced.

Copies of the trail are available from Newark Tourist Information Centre, Newark Library, Ann et Vin, Millgate Museum, Newark Town Hall and Just Beer.

All the trails are also available on the Civic Trust website at

l PUBLICISING the reprinted brewing trail leaflets are, from the left, Mr Duncan Neil, Jennie Richards, Mr Stuart Wallace, Mr Rupert Vinnicombe, Mr Michael Hawes, and Mr George Wilkinson.


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