Marston's Morgan Silk

Home brewer and photographer Morgan Silk (right) at the Marston’s nanobrewery with graduate brewer Callum Turner


A Burton home brewer has created a beer in collaboration with Marston’s to go on sale this Saturday at the brewery’s annual Race Day, held each year at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Morgan Silk, a renowned professional photographer, is also an enthusiastic home brewer and has brewed a New England-style IPA on Marston’s Brewery’s DE14 nanobrewery, on Shobnall Road.

The 7.1% ABV beer, called the Marston’s Morgan Silk Collaboration, will be on the bar this Saturday at the Marston’s Beer Festival Race Day.

Morgan Silk’s association with Marston’s began when he was one of the locally-based models used in the Marston’s From Burton With Love advertising campaign, launched in November 2016.

Morgan grew up in Burton, studying photography at Burton College and then Blackpool before moving to London to develop his career. He still takes photography commissions, but recently moved back to Burton where he lives with his partner Donna and brews beer in his garage.

Tickets are available for Marston’s Beer Festival Race Day at Uttoxeter Racecourse from £24 for a grandstand and paddock ticket up to £40.50 for a Wrights Premier Plus Package. See for full details. The gates open at 10am and the racing starts at 12.20pm.

As soon as Burton brewer Marston’s set up the home brewer’s club earlier this year, he was one of the first to join and has been a regular contributor to the group.

When he brought his latest super-hazy-and-hoppy beer to the brewery, Marston’s head brewer, Pat McGinty, was so impressed that he offered Morgan the chance to replicate the beer on the 600-pint DE14 nanobrewery, to be sold at the Beer Festival Race Day. Morgan will be at the festival to pull the pints himself at the craft beer bar.

Alongside Morgan’s beer will be a 5.8% ABV Mediterranean pale ale, brewed with pomegranate, molasses and freekeh (a wheat grain), and the 6.8% ABV Flight Suit, an orange pale ale.

Meanwhile, all the mainstream Marston’s beers, such as Pedigree, EPA, Saddle Tank, 61 Deep, Bombardier, Directors Bitter, Hobgoblin Ruby and Hobgoblin Gold will be available in the festival marquee as well.

Morgan said: “When you grow up and live in Burton, you can’t help but be passionate about beer, and I’ve really found that passion since I started brewing my own. Head brewer, Pat McGinty, and Callum Turner, one of the young graduate brewers at Marston’s, have been so helpful with their advice and encouragement.

“I’m thrilled that they think my recipe is good enough to brew a beer to be sold to racegoers on Saturday. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and pull pints!”

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