updated 30/01/04 : added 26/04/03
Newby Wyke Brewery *
of Bear Island, White Sea, Summer Session and White Squall
... all Gold Medal Winners"
Willoughby Arms Cottages
Tel: +44 (0)1780 411119
Mobile: 07721 602542
From "Beer Around 'Ere" the
magazine of the Peterborough
and District Branch of CAMRA
(Feb/March 2004) ...
Newby Wyke collect Awards
Newby Wyke were presented with Awards, won at the Peterborough
2003 Beer Festival, at a ceremony during January 2004.
In the Speciality Beers class, White Squall won the Gold
Award whilst Slipway won Bronze in the Premium Beers class.
Chesapeake though excelled, winning Gold in the Strong Ales
class and then going on to win the Bronze Award when judged
against the winners of all classes at the Festival.
Well done to Rob and his team!
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Around 'Ere" the magazine of the Peterborough
and District Branch of CAMRA
(March /April 2003) ...
March to Success for Newby Wyke
Rob March began his love affair with beer many years ago,
and became a keen home brewer for more than a dozen years.
During a brewery visit to the original Oakham brewery plant
in 1994 he obtained the recipe for JHB from John Wood and
promptly went home and brewed some. After a few tweaks with
the hop ratios and an increase in ABV, the beer now known
as White Squall was born. So, after encouragement from his
friends he finally decided to launch his range of ales commercially.
He established a 2.5 barrel brew plant in a converted garage
at the rear of his home in Grantham in late November 1998.
The choice of name for the brewery was easy, Newby Wyke
being a Hull based trawler his late grandfather had skippered
for many years. Likewise, the beer names followed a nautical
theme, leaping from the pages of the meticulous kept ships
Initial brews, of which White Squall 4.8% was the first,
found their way into a few local pubs, including the Blue
Bull, where Rob set up a display of brewing ingredients
and would happily share his enthusiasm with anyone interested.
Two of his beers SLipway and Slingshot, both 4.2%, were
showcased during the popular Easter Beer Festival at the
Green Man, Stamford, and received much praise. Very soon
his beers were appearing regularly in all the leading outlets
locally as well as in Nottingham, Leicester and of course
Peterborough, where his first big break came later that
The 22nd Peterborough Beer Festival in 1999 on the Embankment
in August attracted close on 40,000 visitors and showcased
over 300 beers
and many new breweries. Despite the odds, White Squall collected
the Gold Award for Best Beer from a New Brewery and the
name Newby Wyke was now on the whole nations lips. White
Squall continued to do Rob proud, picking up a further two
Gold Awards in September at Grantham and then St Albans
In 2000, White Squall again collected Gold at St Albans.
By 2001 there were 23 beers in the Newby Wyke range and
it bacame obvious that expansion was necessary to maintain
and expand upon current production levels. it was at the
Willoughby Arms, Little Bytham (for whom Rob produced two
house beers), where the solution awaited. Licensee Neil
Salisbury, an ardent supporter of micro-breweries and enthusiastic
about Newby Wyke, invited Rob and his wife Christine to
install a purpose built 10 barrel plant in disused cottages
at the rear of the pub.
Peterborough Beer Festival, August 2001 and yes, youv'e
guessed it, Newby Wyke beers steal the show. Summer Session
3.8% collected Gold in the Bitter category, Bear Island
4.6% Gold in the Premium Beers category and Kingston Amber
Wheat 5.2% Silver in the Strong Ale section, being denied
only by Oakham Ales St Bibiana, which also went on to deny
Rob Gold in the Overall Champion Award, narrowly defeating
After a few teething problems, like waiting for vessels
to arrive from Germany, the first beer off the new plant,
appropriately titled Refit 4.2% was launched at the beginning
of September. This was closely followed by Deck Aid 4.0%
(since rebadged Decade) brewed especially to celebrate 10
consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide for Charters.
2002 and Rob finally got White Squall in at the Great British
Beer Festival. At the 25th Peterborough Beer Festival a
few weeks later he surpassed all expectations by collecting
no fewer than five awards! Summer Session won Gold for the
second year running in the Bitter category, Bear Island
slipped to Bronze in the Premium Beer section but White
Sea 5.2% excelled in the Strong Ales section, emphatically
winning the Gold Award. In the voting for the Overall Champion,
White Sea collected Silver and Summer Session the Bronze
being denied Gold for the second year running, this time
by Roosters Yankee.
Such is the popularity of Newby Wyke beers, and of course
the Willoughby Arms, that a full sized coach took branch
members out there twice last year, in March and December.
The pub usually has at least two of Rob's beers on sale
from an otherwise ever changing selection of rare ales.