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Travellers from across the world are sampling some of the South West's finest beer and cider thanks to a partnership between SSP UK, Bristol International Airport and Butcombe Brewery.
Three Butcombe favourites, including Butcombe Bitter, Cold Filtered Blond and Ashton Press Cider, are now on tap in the recently rebranded Bar Zero9, giving thousands of local and international passengers the chance to choose drinks produced just two miles from the airport site. Bristol International's Sense of Place initiative encourages the use of local suppliers to help showcase the best of the South West to international visitors.
The refurbished bar is situated on the mezzanine level overlooking the departure lounge and with views over the airfield, and takes its name from the coordinates of the airport's easterly runway. It was recently awarded accreditation from the Cask Marque Trust, following visits from an independent assessor to check all cask ales for temperature, appearance, aroma and taste.
Nagesh Shikram, SSP UK Bar Manager at Bristol International Airport, said:
"Being able to enjoy a pint of Butcombe while relaxing before a flight is another point of difference for Bristol International compared to larger airports outside the region."
Guy Newell, Managing Director of Butcombe Brewery, said:
"Having our beer and cider stocked at the airport is a great opportunity to win new converts, as well as meaning loyal customers can enjoy their favourite pint every time they fly."
SSP UK Bar Brands Manager, Jayne Enskat, said:
"Installing real ale where it is possible, is very much on the agenda in our Airport bars across the country. Being awarded the Cask Marque award proves that we serve a quality pint of cask ale in our bars and that it's the right thing to do for our customers. We look forward to working with more cask ale suppliers and in receiving more awards for our bars."
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