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Beatson Clark to produce bespoke beer bottle

The UK glass manufacturer Rotherham-based Beatson Clark is to produce a new unique beer bottle for Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell.

Beatson Clark has been commissioned to design a bespoke 500ml amber glass bottle with a standard crown neck finish. The bottle will feature the Thornbridge Brewery crest around the shoulder and the strapline ‘Innovation Passion Knowledge’ around the base.

“We’re delighted to be working with Beatson Clark as it means we’re paying substantially less for a bespoke custom bottle,” said Emilio Arciello, buying executive at Thornbridge Brewery.

“The new design is much better looking than our current bottle, and, because it’s coming from Rotherham rather than overseas, our carbon footprint and our shipping costs will be reduced.

“We’ve been very impressed with Beatson Clark’s design and production skills and we’d definitely recommend them to other people.”

Charlotte Taylor, marketing manager at Beatson Clark, said the partnership with Thornbridge Brewery strengthens the glass manufacturer’s growing reputation in the brewing sector.

“We specialise in creating bespoke packaging solutions for niche brands, so the growing craft beer market in the UK and overseas is perfect for us,” she said.

“In a crowded marketplace craft brewers are using embossing and bespoke bottle designs to differentiate their products from their competitors. The range of bottled beers on offer in pubs, bars and supermarkets is extensive, so the appearance and design of the product are really important.

“We have already produced bottles for breweries such as Meantime Brewery in London and Brooklyn Brewery in New York and we were very pleased to be asked to create a new bottle for Thornbridge.”

Thornbridge Brewery currently brews 19 bottled beers, including Otto Weizen Doppelbock (8%), Sequoia American Amber Ale (4.5%), Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout (7.4%) and Halcyon Imperial IPA (7.4%).

The brewery sells through Waitrose and Booths and exports 40% of its beer all over the world. Thornbridge branded beers were first brewed in early 2005 after the establishment of a 10-barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall near Bakewell in the Peak District. The brewery has since won more than 350 national and international awards) and built a state-of-the-art brewery and bottling line.

12 May 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor