Summerskills to be featured in “Open for Business” – a national art project

From the “Open for Business” website:

Open for Business is the largely untold story of British manufacturing and industry through the lens of some of the world’s greatest photographers.

The UK’s traditional manufacturing base has been, and remains, critical to the success of the British economy, yet it is an under-reported story. The focus on Britain’s industrial skills has acquired even greater resonance following the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, which reminded national and international audiences of our history of innovation from Brunel to Berners-Lee.

Open for Business will focus on seeking out success stories, large and small, that reflect Britain’s changing industrial and cultural heritage. The programme will tell the story of British manufacturing, capturing the current landscape and its effect on people, community and culture through the unique international perspective of Magnum photographers. The programme celebrates the work, activities and lives of people who are often not much reached by or engaged with the arts.

Multistory is working in partnership with Magnum Photos to commission 9 world-renowned photographers to document and record manufacturing industries in 9 British cities.

We are delivering an education programme in partnership with Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), the UK’s leading innovator in connecting culture and education; and our media partner is the Financial Times Magazine.

The photographers begain shooting in February and will continue until September 2013, with a touring exhibition starting in February, 2014.

Summerskills @ The Devon Show

Summerskills has provided the Devon Show with two beers, both can be found in the “Contented Cow” ale tent.

Trade stands open: 9am to 6.30pm

Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ

Tel: 01392 446000


The show runs from 17th-19th May.

Meet Column Ale

Devonport Column toasts reopening with its very own brand new ale.

With excitement building around the fast approaching reopening of Devonport Column on 11 May, Plymouth’s oldest brewery is adding to the revelry by releasing a brand new brew. Commissioned by the Column’s new ‘guardians’, the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the refreshing ‘Column Ale’ from Summerskills will launch as and locals flock once more to the rejuvenated Column to climb its dizzying 124 feet and appreciate breathtaking views of the city.

Summerskills, Plymouth’s award winning brewers of real ale, has concocted the new beer as a local homage to the much loved and sorely missed landmark. Whist the Column escaped damage during the war, it has been closed to the public since 1992. Now thanks to an £800,000 regeneration project led by the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Column will be open to sightseers once again, standing proudly next to the Devonport Guildhall.

For the new Column Ale, Summerskills have purposefully blended a traditional classic ale with one of their lighter, more modern beers to create a vibrant new mix. Summerskills’ Owner David Lewis, famously known as Norm, says,

“Like the rejuvenation of Devonport, our new brew has been specially created to reflect the marriage of old and new which is something we are also delighted to see RIO doing in the area. Our Column Ale has our usual blend of Devonshire barley and water with English hops and yeast to create a golden, zesty, clean-tasting beer. By using these fresh, but timeless ingredients, we are providing RIO and the surrounding community with their own unique flavour and balance in this brew. It’s been a fantastic project to be involved with and I’m personally very much looking forward to toasting the reopening with a pint in my hand.”

New seasonal beers launched