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Sonnet 43 Brew House added to a UK list of recommended beers

The Durham-based microbrewery's American Pale Ale has been given a thumbs up from one of the UK's biggest operators of restaurants and bars

Michael Harker and Mark Hird of Sonnet 43
Michael Harker and Mark Hird of Sonnet 43

Sonnet 43 Brew House is expanding its reach across the nation after being endorsed by one of the hospitality industry’s leading operators.

From December, the Coxhoe-based microbrewery’s American Pale Ale will be included in a list of recommended beers compiled by Mitchells and Butlers – the largest operator of restaurants, pubs and bars across the UK.

The list, which is valid until February 2015, will be given to all of the venues working under the company’s Nicholson’s and Castle brands, with a suggestion that they consider stocking the award-winning beer on a temporary or long term basis.

With a combined 1,612 sites nationwide, including more than 400 in London, this means Sonnet 43’s American Pale Ale, available in a variety of sizes from nine gallon casks to 330ml bottles, could soon be stocked across the capital for the first time.

Sonnet 43’s founder, North East restaurateur Mark Hird, says: “Sonnet 43’s range of award-winning beers, including American Pale Ale, has proven increasingly popular in sites across the UK and we’re delighted that it may soon be available throughout London thanks to support from Mitchells & Butlers.

“This is the latest stage in a strategic plan to expand our reach nationwide and we hope to have more similar announcements in the near future.”

Sonnet 43 is named after the well-known verse by Elizabeth Barratt Browning who was born and raised at nearby Coxhoe Hall in County Durham.

The microbrewery’s core range - Steam Beer, India Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, Blonde Beer and Bourbon Milk Stout - is already widely available in pubs and bars across the North East and Yorkshire, including the venture’s own brew taps at Coxhoe, Hebburn and Chester-le-Street.

It is also sold online in bottles or kegs, alongside a range of associated merchandise.

For more information visit www.sonnet43.com

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