Morgenrot News Archive (News items before 2013)

In the recently published 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die famous beer writer Roger Protz includes 5 our our impressive bottled beers - Alhambra Negra, Krombacher Weizen, Windhoek, Mort Subite Kriek and Gueze. His tasting notes have additional, facinating, background information on the breweries. (October 2013)

We are delighted to announce to beer lovers that Morgenrot are now distributing cask ales from Okells. This highly regarded Isle of Man brewery brews a premium core range of 5 draught beers plus monthly seasonals. We are also able to offer a selection in 33cl bottles.(September 2013)

Alhambra again captured the publics attention at Taste of London in June. A 'pop-up' Tapas Bar showcased Alhambra beers alongside food from many of the capitals top Spanish restaurants - including El Cantara, Brindisa, and Jose Pizarro.(June 2013)

Decanter Awards - Chianti Gonfolone 2012 has been awarded a Bronze Medal.(June 2013)

Alhambra at Hay Literature Festival proved to be a great success. Here's a video from it: Tasting Alhambra.(June 2013)

Crash Red, the innovative Spanish label, has been proving it's far from a novelity wine at the tastings with a silver medal in the Concourse Mondial de Bruxelles and a bronze at IWSC. Crash video
(May 2013)

Castelo de Medina, our Rueda agency, has long been recognised for quality: their Verdejo 2012 awarded a gold medal in Vinalies Internationales de Paris and a silver at the Bacchus Awards - where their Sauvignon Blanc also scooped gold. (May 2013)

Alhambra Premium lager in the litre bottle size is now readily available in Morrison stores throughout the country; a first listing in a major national. (Jan 2013)

Champagne Tribaut have launched a new website that contains notes and details on their full portfolio. These can be accessed from this link. (Jan 2013)

Affligem and Mort Subite were featured on Radio 2's Simon Mayo Show (05/09/2012) when beer expert Ben McFarland conducted a studio tasting of Belgium beers. Listen to the clip here...

Morgenrot's debut at LIWF was a good showcase for our Spanish agencies Loxarel with their full range of organic and bio-dynamic wines, Vallemayor, Martin Berdugo, Castelo de Medina and Bodegas 1898.
It was also the UK launch of Crash as featured in Harpers. More details of Crash on our web page. (May 2012)

Morgenrot are delighted to announce our appointment as UK agents for Affligem, Belgiums oldest Abbey Ale.
Affligem was launched to an attentive audience of journalists and prestigious on trade accounts at the Anglo-Belgium Club in London The presentation included a talk and demonstration of 'the serve' by beer writer Ben McFarland.
With significant investment in the brand and the outstanding quality of the beers, Affligem is set to become an important name in the Belgium and specialist beer sector over the coming years.
For further details see the Press Release or web page. (12th March 2012)

Affligem Launch

Congratulations again to Grenache Restaurant who were voted Best North West Restaurant by the Hi-Life Dining Awards. This tops their award of Best Manchester Restaurant last year. (8th Feb 2012). Read more here.

Fischer Tradition has come top of the Full-Flavoured Lager list in Imbibe's 'Beer Special 2011' tasting: "Lightly hopped, it's the biscuity malts that entertain most...velvety mouthfeel and good body." Kaiserdom Dark also recieved good comments from the tasters: "Hugely complex..." (11th November 2011)

Martin Berdugo scooped some great awards at the recent AWC in Vienna. Gold for their Crianza 2008, Silver for both Barrica 2009 and Joven 2010. (11th November 2011)

Another Gold Award for Tapiz, this time for "Sustainable Practices." Activities include lamas and weaving, reconstruction of a historic farm (Club Tapiz accomodation), recycling of waste - both grapes and olives - as biocompost. Caring for the environment and integration with the community to preserve local identity have always been part of the winery's objectives and the award is well deserved. (27th September 2011)

It is with great regret that we at Morgenrot announce the death of our Managing Director, Ray Flynn.
Ray was diagnosed with cancer in March this year. After 6 months he unfortunately lost his battle on Saturday, 27th August 2011, aged 47. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
In 1999 Ray joined Morgenrot, after spending 19 years working through the ranks at Scatchard Wine Merchants in Liverpool. He was appointed Managing Director of Morgenrot in 2003 and with rapid growth Ray took our business into UK wide distribution of wines and beers. Ray’s outstanding knowledge of the market, were complemented by his managerial leadership and financial acumen making him one of the outstanding business personalities in our industry.
Rudi Plath, the Company Founder and Chairman, notes "Ray was more than a colleague; he was a true and close personal friend. He has set the company on the steady course we are now on, exceeding our aspirations and securing the future of the business. We will always be grateful for the hard work and commitment he has shown. We will endeavour to follow in his footsteps, as the business continues to grow and develop in his absence. He will be truly missed." (31st August 2011)

Krombacher Pilsener and Dark and Kaiserdom Pilsener and Dark are all now listed in Tesco Extra stores - making them, for the first time, readily available to discerning drinkers throughout the UK.(1st August 2011)

Quilmes now has a Facebook page - follow the BIG bottle campaign here. Have you the bottle to show it at yours? (22nd June 2011)

We are proud to have achieved a high success rate for wine submitted to the Decanter Awards. Congratulations to our Champagne agencies Bernard Remy who were awarded Silver for their Grand Cru and Bronze for the Carte Blanche and Tribaut also claiming Silver for their Brut Origine. Bodegas Vallemayor recieved two Bronze medals for their Reserva and Cerridilla Riojas and Bodegas Masia Can Mayol also a Bronze for their 'MM' Gran Reserva Cava. (6th June 2011)

Bernard Remy Rose struck Gold at the 2011 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles to complete their haul of medals with Tribaut's Cuvee Rene awarded a Silver medal. (6th June 2011)

Morgenrot have been appointed as sole UK importer of one of our key agency lines, Spains top beer Cruzcampo. Sales emphasis will be on draught and also on Litre bottles, with an encouragement to 'Share beer like wine'. Full story and quotes here.

We are delighted to announce that Champagne Tribaut is now listed at Epernay's bars in Leeds and Manchester. It is also available by bottle and glass in Bedales at Borough Market, Smithfields and Leddenhall, London. (21st March 2011).

The English National Racketball Championships were held at Chapel Allerton LT & SC in Leeds on Sunday 6th March. 70 competitors travelled from around the country to take part. As suppliers to the club, complimentary draught Krombacher Pils and Kaiserdom Pils was provided by Morgenrot. (7th March 2011).

Champagne Bernard Remy won 4 'glasses' (from a maximum 5) in the Austrian Wine Magazine ÖGZ at the tasting Schaumwein Cup.(22nd Feb 2011).

Congratulations to our valued customer Huss Abbas whose restaurant Grenache was voted the Best Manchester Restaurant by the Hi-Life Dining Awards. (1st Feb 2011). Read more here.

Morgenrot featured in a double page company profile published by Harpers. (14th Jan 2011). Here's a PDF copy of the article (opens in a new window).