Butchery firm toasts centenary with ale
Published:  08 April, 2014

A Cumbrian brewery has produced a special ale to mark the centenary of the butchery and food specialist company Cranstons.

Eden Brewery, based in Brougham Hall, near Penrith, has made the light and golden Centenary Ale to mark 100 years of trading from the historic meat outlet.

Cranstons has been selling meat since 1914 when Stanley Cranston, the current director’s uncle, started doing business from a horse and cart in the Eden Valley. The company now oversees a retail network which includes two local produce food halls and four traditional butchers’ shops.

Eden Brewery is a relatively new business having started production in 2012. Brewer Jason Hill said: “Cranstons is one of the best-known names in Cumbria when it comes to quality produce and food and we are really proud to team up with them to help chalk up their century.

“Over the past 100 years they have played a key part in demonstrating how Cumbria is home to some of the best food and drink in the world and I hope our association with them reflects the pride and effort we put into our own work.”

The Centenary Ale will be able from the two Cranstons food halls in Penrith and Orton Grange all year.

Philip Cranston, Cranstons’ managing director, said: “Cranstons are delighted to team up with Eden Brewery to create this special ale in celebration of our 100th year of trading.

“Throughout our history we have had a proud tradition of working with passionate and skilled local producers. We feel very fortunate to be part of a thriving food and drink industry in the Eden Valley and Cumbria and it is just wonderful that we are able to stock produce from 40 Cumbrian suppliers in our food halls.”