Behind the Names

The inspiration behind our quirky beer names come from local characters, places and dialects. Here are the stories behind just a few.

Jem's Stout

The beer which takes its name from the brewery’s familiar logo, Jem the black and white English Springer Spaniel. Once a familiar face here at the brewery Jem can be seen keeping watch over her pint. So when brewing a stout we thought how appropriate a black and white named after the black and white dog.

Pricky Back Otchan

This is the old Yorkshire name for a hedgehog, the ‘prickly backed urchin’ and just a great name.

Pig's Ear

A mix up with the malt while brewing one day produced a beer of a copper colour rather than the anticipated golden, meant for bottling. Rather than throw away this miss brewed beer it was put into cask and sold. A Pig’s Ear was made of brewing the original beer and so the name stuck.

Sleck Dust

A thirst quenching session beer needed a thirst quenching name. Cec Hodgson who lived at Great Newsome drove the farm’s combine harvester. Without cab or modern air conditioning, Cec would get covered head to foot in dust and after a hot days harvesting he couldn’t wait to ‘Sleck Dust’.

Holderness Dark

Named after the fore fathers of South Frodingham, where the brewery calls home. Historically, South Frodingham was called ‘Frothingham’ after the family that lived in the village and whom later emigrated to the USA. ‘Froth’ and beer, what could be more apt.

Ploughman's pride

The pride of the ploughman was in ploughing the straightest furrow. His reward to himself was just a pint of his favourite beer, knowing that anymore and the following day his furrow would be anything but straight.

Skeins Retreat

This autumnal seasonal takes its name from the skeins of geese that pass over the brewery on their way south at this time of year.

Frothingham Best

The pride of the ploughman was in ploughing the straightest furrow. His reward to himself was just a pint of his favourite beer, knowing that anymore and the following day his furrow would be anything but straight.

Corn Dolly

The pump clip gives away this cheeky twist on the traditional straw artwork or dolls that where once popular in rural crafts and folklore.

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