The much anticipated STORM CHASER OF THE MONTH - October is finally here, celebrating a member of the team who has stood out amongst us! This month the Award has been hijacked by our founder Paul Hughes.

“As I look across our company, we have a fantastic team of people that I am so proud of, and without each and everyone of them, Black Storm and I, would not be where we are today, however I have hijacked this months Storm Chaser of the Month, usually chosen by our marketing department as I would like to celebrate our very own “Rising Star!”

This months winner, is a member of the team who joined us whilst finishing off his Master Degree, and has hit the ground running from day one, straight out of university. He has taken the challenge of being thrown in at the very deep end, and through company changes has been left with his own department that everyone in the company relies on.

Our one man “Marketing Department” fully deserves the accolade - a total young gent within the company he will put his hand to anything that falls into his email box. If he doesn't know how to do something, he will research and learn quickly to get the job done.

His flexibility and focus, drive and detailed eye, makes sure that nothing leaves his desk that isn't “on brand”, making the whole Black Storm Group continue to go from strength to strength.

Well Done Thomas, A rising star within the company and I look forward to amazing things to come.


Now. Who doesn’t love spotting us when they’re enjoying a festival?

You would have done well not to bump into us or Beerbox across the country this summer. We have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, racking up hundreds of miles in the hope of delivering our beer. Whether you visited us at a nationwide festival like Pub in the Park or CarFest, or you drank with us at a smaller festival in the North East - if you drink with us you're one of us.

For the festival team whose passion and affection for Black Storm was evident at every event, their desire to share our story clear as day. Led by Mr Black Storm and Managing Director Paul Hughes who was the mainstay at pretty much every festival. Throughout the summer he was joined by different members of the team who all flew the Black Storm flag, delivering great service to our many storm chasers.

A special mention must be said towards our fellow traders whose friendliness and warmth through rain or shine was certainly a summer highlight. The relationships we built has enabled us to form solid partnerships with the likes of Weston Biltong Company and Jarvis Pickle, whose products now sold in our bars.

Some of you may have noticed that we had exclusive cans created for Pub in the Park and the Great British Food Festival; the IPA and Blonde cans were both received well by festival goers wanting to enjoy a traditional ale. Unsurprisingly, award-winning Tropical Storm and double award-winning Porter were the stand out beers.

As an overview of the summer tour we have put together our top 3 weekends:

1. Pub in the Park: Leeds

The weekend in Leeds, a city we always expect to indulge in their craft beer - surpassed our predications. The Leeds punters were only too happy to buy our beer - especially Summer Storm, the relaunch of 2018’s most popular beer resulted in us leaving Yorkshire with limited stock. Nevertheless, the highly successful festival was our most enjoyable Pub in the Park festival of 2019.

2. Beerbox on tour

Bringing the beers outside the box was the motto of this summer’s Beerbox on tour circuit. Spanning across the North East, the Beerbox staff's understanding of selling craft beer to different audiences was demonstrated in how a pop-up tent stocking unique beer can be super effective.  

3. CarFest South

In August Chris Evans CarFest in Hampshire was brilliant event for us. As expected, the weekend was full of pistol heads there to enjoy the shows. However, the crowds also had a passion for craft beer. The success of the weekend was reflected when we arrived back in the North East with no stock left.  

Finally, one last big thank you to everyone who came and visited us this summer - roll on summer 2020!

Don’t worry, if you’re missing our festival team already, it’s not too long until Christmas, where we will have our annual market up in Newcastle city centre.