Tribute – Tony Eastwood

Many CAMRA members will know of the Small Beer agency from Lincoln which has supplied many CAMRA beer festivals over the years. Their founder and chairman, Tony Eastwood, has passed away at the age of 72.
The company began as an off licence in Lincoln in 1980, in partnership with Jude, his wife, and grew to become a major player in the cask beer wholesale business. The company also owns two pubs in Lincoln, the Victoria and the Golden Eagle, as well as the Eagle in Boston. There are also off-licences in Sheffield and Cleethorpes. Tony was also a director of the Castle Rock brewery and had been chairman of CAMRA’s Lincoln Branch. Their son Rob, who now runs the business with his wife Karen, paid this tribute, “People have described my dad as a real giant of the cask ale industry without ever having brewed a drop of beer. He was passionate about championing British beer and we’re determined to carry on his legacy by ensuring cask ale continues to thrive.”