Diners at one of Teesside’s most popular restaurants can now look forward to sampling a new locally-produced artisan lager.
Café Lilli, on Norton High Street, is now serving the Three Brothers pilsner on draught after successfully trialling its bottled lager.
Three Brothers Brewing Company, located just a couple of miles away, at Preston Farm in Stockton, has only been established for 18 months but is now gearing up to produce 17,000 pints of beers and lagers every week.
And Café Lilli owner Roberto Pittalis says he’s delighted to be including a new locally-produced lager among his range of drinks offerings.
“Lager lovers like to pair their drink with their meal just like wine lovers do, so it’s important to have a good variety and quality of lagers and beers,” said Roberto.
“I’m always looking for small, local suppliers and producers. All our suppliers are within a 10-minute drive from the restaurant – our fish, meat, cheese and now some of our beers and lagers – and I’ve always been passionate about using local.
“I think Three Brothers are the only artisan lager producer on Teesside, which makes it quite unique for our customers, and it’s produced just around the corner from us which is fantastic.
“We’re now serving the pilsner in the restaurant, along with four other types of beers produced by the Three Brothers.”
Three Brothers brewing manager David Dodd said: “Roberto came to see us last year when we were just starting to brew this pilsner, so his timing was perfect.
“It’s a 4.8% premium pilsner, slowly fermented in the traditional way and then conditioned on site for about six weeks, to get the flavour to be really crisp and the aromas clean, and we’re sure it will prove to be a popular addition to our range.”
Café Lilli, with its staff of 27, has built up a loyal customer base and welcomes new customers daily, offering a fusion between modern cuisine with an Italian influence.
The restaurant has recently been included in the Waitrose Good Food Guide – the bible for foodies described as ‘the UK’s most trusted and comprehensive restaurant handbook’ – for a second consecutive year.
Cafe Lilli is open Tues-Sat all day (11am-11pm) and the first Sunday of the month, 12-4pm. Find out more about Café Lilli and keep up-to-date with latest news on social media or at lillicafe.co.uk, or give them a call on 01642 554422.