Poulter's Porter Awards
Brewing Industry Awards
Champion Beer - International Dark Beer - International Brewing Awards
Gold Medal - International Dark Beer - International Brewing Awards
Gold - Bottle & Can Stout & Porter - SIBA North East Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards
Silver Medal - British Bottling Institute
Diploma for the Bottle Design, Labels and Tray Design - British Bottling Institute
About Poulter's Porter
In April 1918 the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 4th Battalion, fought in defence of the small French town of Erquinghem-Lys during the final great German offensive of World War I. During the fighting the Dukes suffered a total of 15 officers and 391 soldiers killed, wounded or missing.
Private Arthur Poulter, a stretcher-bearer with the Dukes, was awarded a Victoria Cross for carrying 10 wounded comrades to safety under heavy enemy fire. When asked afterwards by a local journalist where he got his strength from, he put it down to his days working for Timothy Taylor’s maltings carrying heavy sacks of barley.
For most conspicuous bravery when acting as a stretcher-bearer, at Erquinghem-Lys on 10th April 1918. On ten occasions Private Poulter carried badly wounded men on his back to a safe locality, through a particularly heavy artillery and machine-gun barrage. Again, after a withdrawal over the river Lys had been ordered, Private Poulter returned in full view of the enemy, who were advancing, and carried back another man who had been left behind wounded. He bandaged-up forty men under fire, and his conduct throughout the whole day was a magnificent example to all ranks. This very gallant soldier was subsequently seriously wounded when attempting another rescue in the face of the enemy.
London Gazette, 28th June 1918
In November 1998, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, this exceptional act of heroism was recognised by the town of Erquinghem-Lys with the unveiling of a memorial to Private Poulter VC.
This was only the second time since 1918 that such a memorial had been erected by a French town for an English soldier. The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment provided the guard of honour that day and Timothy Taylor’s beer was the vin d’honneur at the reception. Private Poulter’s family donated his medal to the Regiment in August 1999 and it now resides in the Regiment’s museum in Halifax.
So, it’s with pride that we can pay tribute to this hero with a Porter as full of character as he was. Here’s to you Arthur!
What on earth have lightsabers got to do with brewing beer?
It may seem a little excessive, but we check every last cask with what we call our lightsaber. But it’s not from a galaxy far, far away. It’s an ultraviolet light used by our brewing team to inspect our casks for absolute cleanliness. Only when it has passed the lightsaber test is a cask considered worthy of becoming home to 72 pints of freshly brewed Landlord. With a beer as finely balanced in flavour as Taylor’s, coaxed from the purest Pennine spring water, aromatic hops and finest barley, we can’t help being just a little picky.