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HONITON: Earl and Countess visit Luppitt brewery

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Earl and Countess of Wessex paid a visit to Otter Brewery in Luppitt last week. The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, celebrated his 50th birthday in March and engaged in a tour visiting rural businesses to mark the occasion. Arriving by helicopter, the couple were met by three generations of the McCaig family, which owns Otter Brewery, before being introduced to members of the office team. After a tour of the brewery, the dignitaries were escorted down to the eco cellar by Patrick and David McCaig to see how it works. The visit was rounded off by a presentation of gifts from both the family and from the staff’s children in the Green Shed, culminating in a quick taste of Otter Amber and Otter Bitter poured by senior sales rep Luke Roberts. Patrick McCaig commented: “What a day for the brewery. The Earl and Countess were charming and very interested in what we do here. In fact, both wanted to try filling one of the casks so we happily let them. Our whole family (and it is a large family!) were here to meet them as well as some of our staff’s children. They finished their trip with a quick taste in the bar and then it was back in to the sky again.”

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