LincolnX Featured: Ferry Ales Brewery – Producing award-winning real ales and lagers

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LincolnX Featured takes a look at our LincolnX members, profiling their firm and highlighting key developments within their business.

This week’s LincolnX Featured Member is Ferry Ales Brewery, a family-run craft brewery based just outside Lincoln that produces award winning real ales and lagers.

It has also grown a successful outside bar business which has led to it being the brewery partner at Market Rasen Racecourse where it holds a very popular beer festival each September, this partnership will be entering its fourth year in 2020.

Photo: Jemima Sullivan for CityX

In 2018, the business won producer of the year at the Tastes of Excellence Food and Drink Awards and a number of its beers have won awards including gold awards for its Golden Fleece, Mandarina, 49 Squadron, Farmhouse Saison and Lincoln Lager.

John Cussons, owner of Ferry Ales Brewery said: “2019 saw the launch of our brand new craft beer range 53.2 which includes, Mandarina IPA, St Francis IPA, Kirsche cherry blonde and our hugely successful Fabuccino coffee milk stout which was brewed in collaboration with Stokes tea and coffee using their Blue Mountain coffee blend. This has been so popular we sold out within 3 weeks of launching.

(L-R) Mike Holman and John Cussons

“We have also undertaken a re branding project where we have updated our branding to a modern retro look, all of our aviation range has been re branded including the ever popular Just Jane Bitter, sales of which support the restoration of the Avro Lancaster at East Kirkby, we are incredibly proud to support Lincolnshire’s aviation history.

“We strive to support local Lincolnshire businesses and have spent some time sourcing suppliers where possible within Lincolnshire, this includes using a locally grown hop from Lincolnshire Hops grown within six miles of the brewery.

“This hop was used to brew Harvest Gold which we brewed in conjunction with The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society to commemorate their 150 year anniversary.

“The brewery continues to grow from strength to strength and there are lots of very exciting plans for 2020 including some new collaborations and the expansion of our craft range 53.2.

“We will continue to grow our bespoke labelling to enable businesses and individuals to have there “own” beer in bottle which has proved very popular with the likes of the IBCC, Stourton Estates and Vtuff Ltd who all had their own labels produced this year.

“As an off shoot of our growing outside bar business we are in partnership with The Tipi Tribe which has led to gaining our license to have Tipi weddings at the brewery.”

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