Principal Partners of the Royal Cheshire County Show – Robinsons Brewery – has announced that their legendary Unicorn real ale has recently achieved Red Tractor accreditation. Synonymous with high standards, the Red Tractor logo is the mark of quality, UK produced food and drink from ethical sources, and it isn’t awarded lightly. Products are thoroughly checked against some of the most comprehensive and respected standards in the world.
Brewed since 1890, Unicorn is almost as old as the Brewery and is named after the Unicorn pub, which was owned by William Robinson from 1838 and upon the site of which the brewery now stands.
Sponsoring the shire horse section, appropriately, Robinsons Brewery has been involved with the show since the very early days. The connection with shire horses dates back over 100 years, when they were employed to deliver the traditionally brewed ales to inns and hostelries across the region. Today the brewery still owns 3 heavy horses – Hopnik, Wizard and Bobek – who are three of the few remaining working shires in the British Brewing industry.
John Robinson, Brand Manager at Robinson’s Brewery, said, “We are delighted to be able to use the Red Tractor logo on our real ale. It fits perfectly with our company ethos and shows our customers that we are serious about the authenticity of our products.” He went on to praise the show, “The long standing partnership with the Royal Cheshire County Show means a great deal to us, especially as the show and the brewery have been running for exactly the same length of time – the shires are a great part of our British heritage and it is important to preserve the traditions for generations to come. Fingers crossed for lots of entries this year and plenty of sunshine!”
The heavy horse section includes over 20 classes from yearling breeding, to tradesman’s turnout classes featuring driving pairs in full traditional kit, across both days promising a spectacular show.
The 2017 show will again hold many competition classes for cattle, sheep, pigs and dairy goats, as well as hundreds of classes for light horses, show jumping, rare breeds, poultry, pygmy goats, pigeons, cavies, rabbits and a dog show.
Nigel Evans, Executive Director of the Cheshire Agricultural Society and organiser of the show said, “We are honoured to welcome the brewery back again this year as principal partners and will be making sure Hopnik, Wizard and Bobek get a great reception!”
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