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Squiffy Duck helps to raise money for Wildlife Trust; Cheshire Wildlife have teamed up with Arclid based micro-brewery Merlins to produce a new beer.

Byline: Leanne Palin

Cheshire Wildlife Trust has joined forces with a micro-brewery to create a new beer which will be sold in several local outlets in Crewe, Haslington and Sandbach to support the work of the trust.

Available for sale this month, the beer is a 4% amber ale made using English malts and hops and will be sold in bottles and on draught, co-branded as Merlin's Micro Brewery and Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

As part of the production process a competition was run to select a name for the new beer and Kathryn Pilling was the lucky winner with her choice 'Squiffy Duck'. She will visit the brewery in Arclid as part of her prize.

Merlin's is a family-run micro-brewery which has been brewing craft ale for eight years. Since 2010, they have won 10 awards, including several wins at The Champion Beer of Cheshire annual competition.

Sue Peart from Merlins Micro Brewery said: "We loved the name Squiffy Duck and it is already proving a real hit with our venues.

"Our brewery has always strived to be as environmentally-friendly as possible - we only use renewable energy, and have on-site reed beds to return waste water to the earth. We are proud to now go one step further and show our support for Cheshire Wildlife Trust."

Squiffy Duck will be available for sale throughout the county but can be found locally on draught at Haslington Cricket Club, The Beer Emporium in Sandbach, and The Bulls Head in Smallwood.

It will also be stocked as bottles at the Beer Dock in Crewe and Nantwich and The Beer Emporium in Sandbach.

Sam Salisbury, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust said: "We'd like to thank the team at Merlins Micro Brewery for developing this new beer in support of our work. We're always looking for new opportunities for local companies and people to support wildlife and we're excited to announce the launch of this beer."

Cheshire Wildlife Trust manages around 40 nature reserves and inspires thousands of people to get close to wildlife every year. 15% of each sale by Merlins Micro Brewery will support Cheshire Wildlife Trust's conservation work.


Squiffy Duck will be sold in a number of outlets in Crewe, Haslington and Sandbach to support the work of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Publication:Crewe Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:May 21, 2018
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