Special brew Golden Willow returns for Leestock 2018

Penny Wilby with Nethergate head brewer Paul Gower Picture: Penny Wilby

Penny Wilby with Nethergate head brewer Paul Gower Picture: Penny Wilby - Credit: Archant

Golden Willow to raise money for charity The Willow Foundation.

Penny Wilby, beer enthusiast and owner of local marketing business, thebestof Sudbury, has returned to Nethergate Brewery, to brew Golden Willow, a golden hoppy ale, to sell at

LeeStock Music Festival and local pubs.

This is Penny’s 6th charity beer. The first, Lady’s Smock, was brewed with Mill Green Brewery (now Little Earth Project) in 2012. Inspired by her friend Caroline, who lost her fight to breast

cancer, Penny has brewed nearly 20,000 pints, raising £5,000 for charities.


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This is the second brew of Golden Willow Penny has been involved with. Specifically created for LeeStock, the name was chosen as a result of a local competition to name the beer in 2017. The

beer went down so well, it was decided to create it again alongside Nethergate Brewery.

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Earlier this year the brewery relocated from Pentlow, Clare, to its brand new location in Long Melford. The state-of-the-art brewery equipment has allowed 3,000 more pints of Golden Willow to brewed and also uses less electricity.

The celebrate it’s return, Nethergate and thebestof Sudbury, are hosting a launch evening tomorrow (May 18) at the brewery, from 6pm. There will be Golden Willow to buy from their

brewery tap or you can buy take outs to enjoy at home. There will also be a raffle to help raise money for the Willow Foundation, with raffle prizes generously donated from local

businesses including The Beauty Gallery in Lavenham, Pickles & Lillies children’s clothes shop in Lavenham and Hall Street - the menswear shop based in Hadleiigh and Long Melford.

Nethergate and Penny have set a target of £1,000. They would also like pubs who sell the beer to contribute 5pto 10p per pint to the charity. Get in touch with Nethergate if

you’re a pub and would like to sell some.

LeeStock Music Festival will be taking place on May 26 and 27 at Melford Hall. Headlining this year are Feeder, Reef, Republica, the Pigeon Detectives and The Rifles.

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