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27 October 2020

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  • CAMRA praises pubs in England offering free children’s meals this week
    27 October 2020

    The Campaign for Real Ale has praised the community spirit of publicans across England this week for offering free meals to local children during half term.

    Local pubs in communities up and down the countryare offering families free packed lunches and hot meals for children who may not otherwise get a nutritious meal during the half term holidays.

    Commenting, CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said:

    “Pubs across the country have shown that even when they are facing an existential crisis as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions reducing trade and turnover, they are still selflessly supporting their communities.

    “Despite their own financial hardship, publicans are providing help and support when times are tough.

    “It shows just what a force for good well-run local pubs are in our villages, towns and cities. We must do everything we can to support our pubs through the difficult weeks and months ahead so they can continue to play their part as a vital part of our social fabric, and can continue to provide for our communities.”

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    Notes to editors: 

    Ten examples of pubs in England that are offering free meals to local children this half term:

    These examples were collated using the following sources:

    About CAMRA:  

    CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 180,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

    Press Release from CAMRA

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  • Hogs Back Brewery features in new Channel 5 programme
    27 October 2020

    Hop harvest captured forHalloween on the Farm

    The Hogs Back Brewery hop garden in Tongham, Surrey, is to feature in Halloween on the Farm, a Channel 5 programme airing this Friday, 30th October at 9.00 pm.

    The film crew spent a day in the hop garden and brewery at harvest time in September, following presenter Peter Wright as he helped to load hop bines onto the tractor, feed them into the hop picker and then the kiln and add fresh hops to beer in the brewhouse. Finally, he enjoyed a glass of green-hopped TEA with Hogs Back owner Rupert Thompson.

    This year’s harvest was Hogs Back’s first commercial harvest from its new hop garden, planted last year. It is also the first time they have carried out the harvest themselves, rather than sub-contract as previously, after investing in a new tractor, hop picker and kiln.

    Peter Wright is the star of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet and has also appeared in the channel’s Springtime on the Farm series.  He said: “I love working on farms, and helping Hogs Back to bring in their hop harvest has been a wonderful experience. There’s a lovely atmosphere in the hop garden and in the brewery, that comes from all the people who work here: they love their work, love what Hogs Back are doing in growing their own hops, and the result is great team work.

    “I’ve visited quite a few microbreweries in my time and the beers I’ve had today are some of the best I’ve tasted. It’s a shame Hogs Back isn’t a bit closer to Yorkshire!”

    Rupert Thompson added: “We were delighted to host Peter and his colleagues and we’re thrilled to be sharing our hop harvest with millions of Channel 5 viewers.

    “It has been a difficult seven months for us, as it has been for everyone in the beer and pubs sector, but we have no complaints about our harvest, which has gone pretty smoothly, especially considering that it is the first commercial harvest from our new hop garden, using our new equipment.”

    He added: “Processing our hops at the brewery reduces our carbon footprint. They never leave our site, so they really are travelling ‘from field to firkin in a furlong’, allowing us to become a more sustainable brewer, which has been our ambition since planting the original hop garden six years ago.”

    Halloween on the Farm is a special episode within the Friday on the Farm series from Channel 5, based at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley with farmers Rob and Dave Nicholson but celebrating farming across the country.

    Halloween on the Farm is on Friday at 9pm on Channel 5.

    Hogs Back Hop Garden – key points

    • The September 2020 harvest was the first full harvest of the hop garden planted in spring 2019, occupying 8.5 acres of prime farmland on Manor Farm, next to the brewery. Last year, most of the hop plants were left in the ground, as is good practice, to allow them to grow stronger for subsequent years
    • Total of 6,600 hop plants harvested this year including 2,000 transplanted from the original hop garden.
    • Harvesting took seven days in total, spread over two weeks
    • The hop plants are supported with over 100 large posts and ten miles of high tensile steel wire, strung 18ft above the plants. A further 97 miles of string are then used to bind hop plants to the poles – the distance from Tongham to Leicester!
    • Hogs Back planted its original, 3.5-acre hop garden in 2014, and completed four harvests before moving to the larger site in spring 2019.
    • Farnham was historically one of the most important hop farming regions in the UK. The Farnham area is ideal for hop growing with a rich, loamy top soil over a chalky subsoil.
    • The Farnham White Bine hop was originally developed in the early 1700s just a mile and a half from the current Hogs Back brewery. It was highly prized for its aromas and was the precursor variety to the better-known Kent Goldings.
    • Hop farming in Farnham started to wane at the end of the 19th century in the face of growing competition from the Kent hops, which were preferred by London’s brewers, and the rising cost of agricultural labour. The industry declined and finally died out in the mid-1970s.
    • www.hogsback.co.uk.

     

    Notes to editors

    • Hogs Back Brewery was founded in 1992 in Tongham, in the heart of the traditional Surrey hop growing area.
    • Its flagship brand TEA, or Traditional English Ale, is one of the leading regional ales in the South East. The first beer brewed by Hogs Back in 1992, TEA has won multiple awards including runner-up in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain in 2000.
    • The Hogs Back Brewery range includes a number of award-winning draught, bottled and canned beers, demonstrating its ability to combine brewing expertise and tradition with product innovation to create distinctive, memorable beers.
    • Hogs Back’s traditional cloudy cider, Hazy Hog, launched in 2013, won a Bronze medal in the International Cider Challenge in 2019.
    • Hogs Back planted a hop garden adjacent to its brewery in 2014, growing three hop varieties: Fuggles – used in its flagship TEA ale; Cascade – used in Hogstar lager; and Farnham White Bine.
    • Hogs Back relocated its hop garden in 2019 and completed its first commercial harvest of this site in September 2020.

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    Issued on behalf of:Hogs Back Brewery

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  • Stonegate scrums up with James Haskell for Guinness Six Nations Pub Quiz
    27 October 2020

    Hosted byWeLoveSport on Super Saturday – Saturday 31 October, 7pm 

    Following the success of the ‘Game of 2 Halves’, the UK’s biggest in-venue football quiz which took place pre the FA Cup Final on Saturday 1 August, Stonegate Pub Company is now teaming up with former rugby professional James Haskell, who will be acting as quiz master for the Guinness Six Nations Pub Quiz. James will put rugby-fans through their paces in a rugby-exclusive quiz on Saturday 31 October at 7pm. Below is the WeLoveSport Super Saturday line up:

    2:15pm: Wales vs Scotland

    4:45pm: Italy vs England

    7:00pm: Guinness Six Nations Pub Quiz

    8:10pm: France vs Ireland

    Streamed exclusively across over 400 Stonegate sports sites, the quiz will be dedicated to all things rugby with £2000 up for grabs for the national winner and a £20 bar tab for each site’s winner, to be redeemed during the France vs Ireland game. Customers can enter via the WeLoveSport app.

    Stephen Cooper, Sports Marketing Manager of Stonegate Pub Company, said: “It is so exciting to be working with James and Guinness on this quiz, and especially to have such a legend of the sport involved in this initiative. It’s also a great way to start the Halloween celebrations too.

    “We are doing everything we can to maintain the first-class customer experiences that everyone expects from our venues in the current climate. However, the Government restrictions, including the 10pm curfew and the local tiers, are hampering the operation of all of our sites. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that all our sites are operating under robust COVID-secure measures and we are taking solace that we are still able to put on fun events like this quiz, maintaining engagement with sports fans and customers alike.”

    There will be food and drink offers available to pre-order, including ‘six pints of Guinness and 30 chicken wings for £30’. For more information and to find a pub hosting the quiz, please visit: https://www.welovesport.co/guiness-six-nations-quiz/

    How to take part:

    Due to social distancing measures and household restrictions being put in place across the country, we advise that you pre-book a table for Super Saturday.

    To find your nearest participating We Love Sport venue and to book a table, call one of our helpers on 0203 3266025

    Alternatively, find a venue via one of our participating partners’ websites:

    City Taverns. click here
    Classic Inns. click here
    Craft Pubs. click here
    Pubs With More. click here
    Liquorist bars. click here
    Live Social. click here
    Proper Pubs. click here
    Sports Bar & Grill. click here
    Walkabout Bars. click here
    Yates Bars. click here

    Terms & Conditions apply. Click here.

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    Editor’s notes: 

    About Stonegate Pub Company

    Following the acquisition of Ei Group on 3rd March 2020 for £1.27bn, Stonegate Pub Company is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of 1270 sites within the managed division and 3200 leased and tenanted businesses.

    The managed pubs division, which employs 17,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs is made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns, Common Room, Craft Union and Bermondsey Pub Group.

    Press release from Leisure PR on behalf of Stonegate Pub Company

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  • Change is brewing as Stroud Brewery reveals huge redesign to champion responsibly farmed beer
    27 October 2020

    The UK’s leading independent, organic and B Corp certified brewery has revamped its brand and packaging to better tell its great tasting, ethical story.

    Stroud Brewery has updated its brand image and packaging range; it launches into the on and off trade this month with a new more targeted message to better engage the ethically minded beer drinker.

    “The post COVID consumer is a more ethically minded and environmentally aware consumer” says Stroud Brewery founder, Greg Pilley, “research shows that people are scrutinising the brands they associate themselves with and with sales of organic produce on the rise, we realised it was time we spoke more confidently about our uncompromising values as well as our great tasting organic beer!”

    Greg is known as an adventurer and an environmentalist, he established Stroud Brewery back in 2006, following a career spent understanding how food and drink is fundamental to global community cultures and how farming methods can either benefit the environment or seriously degenerate it.

    Greg’s love of beer is the reason he set up his brewery, but it is his moral compass that set the standard for decision making. “With everything we do we look for the opportunity to regenerate rather than degenerate,” says Greg, “we started with soil because if we continue to use non organic farming methods, our soils won’t be capable of feeding us in 60 years’ time; whereas by using organic methods, we work with nature to improve soils, sequester carbon, increase wildlife and produce ingredients as they should be.”

    The new brand image carries a core message calling people to ‘drink responsibly farmed beer’ and opens conversations about why ‘change is brewing’ illustrating how a regenerative approach to people and planet equals better business and even better beer.”

    But what about the beer? Stroud Brewery consider their beer ‘substance over style’, pairing their high regard for the UK’s remarkable beer heritage with their ‘and then some’ attitude.

    “We always look to add a unique and complimentary Stroud Brewery flourish to our beer,” comments Head Brewer, Ben Jennison-Phillips, “we call it ‘and then some,’ we place an extremely high value on our locally grown, organic and hand malted barley it is the backbone of our beer; and with our extensive knowledge and relationships with organic hop producers we’ve become known for the characterful flavours and aromas we consistently deliver.”

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    Notes for Editors:

    Stroud Brewery established in 2006 with the purpose of making great tasting beer and being the change, we want to see.

    Today Stroud Brewery is a thriving enterprise. They make great tasting, ethical beer and create welcoming, fun, social spaces. They support their communities, their environment and the businesses they work with.

    They are proud to be a certified B-Corp and their mission is to make outstanding Beer without damaging the planet, and bring people together to inspire positive change.

    Reference articles to support our ‘increase in organic food sales’ claims:

    https://www.industryglobalnews24.com/global-organic-food-and-beverages-market-is-expected-to-grow-at-cagr-1705-by-2027-owing-to-growing-demand-influencing-imports-of-organic-food-across-regions-like-north-america-europe-and-asia-pacific-says-absolute-markets-insights

    https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/10/15/2109006/0/en/Demand-For-Local-And-Organic-Food-Is-On-The-Rise-Positively-Impacting-The-Food-And-Beverage-Market-As-Per-The-Global-Food-And-Beverage-Market-Report-2020.html

    https://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/organic-food-market-to-be-worth-272-18-billion-by-2027-exclusive-report-covering-pre-and-post-covid-19-market-analysis-by-meticulous-research-r–893708006.html

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/search-marketing/sustainable-consumption-the-new-post-coronavirus-normal/

    Press release from Stroud Brewery

    Please contact Greg Pilley or Nadine Stroud for further information.

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    T: 01453 887122

    http://www.stroudbrewery.co.uk/

     

  • Rogue Ales Dead ‘N’ Dead to spook up the season
    27 October 2020

    Here’s a Halloween-themed beer review to help get you in the mood for the spooky season: Rogue Ales Dead ‘N’ Dead, a barrel-aged version of Dead Guy Ale aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels. This one was actually the 2019 edition, sent to me ages ago by the brewery, and (full disclosure) I drank it over the summer. It’s a tasty beer and one worth cracking open this season as a treat to yourself.

    This year’s edition is available in 750ml bottles, and Rogue says:

    Our brewers and distillers teamed up to show off the best of both worlds by aging Dead Guy Ale in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels. Dead ʻNʼ Dead complements the flavor profile of our classic Dead Guy Ale with the oak, vanilla, and fruit notes from the whiskey barrels.

    It’s not a huge beer for being barrel aged, only 7.9% ABV and 40 IBUs.

    Appearance: Amber-to-brown colors with a bit of haze; orange-tinted at the edges when held to the light. Off-white/light tan head is creamy with good lacing.

    Smell: Caramel, vanilla, wood notes with a touch of whiskey around the edges, quite appealing. Some nutty toastiness, rich malt syrup notes, brown sugar, oak.

    Taste: Drier than regular Dead Guy, with a boozy, whiskey woody note that touches on some char, with some nuttiness. Getting that signature Rogue Pacman yeast character that’s pleasantly nostalgic (if you’ve been drinking Rogue for a long time). Some vanilla(ish) oakiness, warming without being hot.

    Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body with a nice maltiness that gives structure, but ultimately finishes dry with a light whiskey lingering note.

    Overall: I enjoyed this, it’s “big” without being too strong or heavy, with a nicely balanced oak/whiskey character with no hint of astringency, or anything “off” (which if you get an off barrel, you know what I mean).

    The post Rogue Ales Dead ‘N’ Dead to spook up the season appeared first on The Brew Site.

  • IBD Asia-Pacific announces new Board Chair
    27 October 2020

    Articles published under the media release byline are news produced by the relevant business and remain unedited by Brews News. This media release was circulated by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

    The Institute of Brewing and Distilling Asia-Pacific (IBD AP) is pleased to announce changes to the Asia-Pacific Board with the appointment of Mr Tully Hadley to its Chair. Mr Hadley’s appointment was announced on Thursday evening 22 October at the IBD AP Board Meeting.

    Mr Hadley, is the Food Safety and Quality Director at Lion, and brings an incredible array of experience with a background that includes time at ABInBev, CUB and SABMiller alongside his three years on the IBD AP Board as a Director, 20 years as an IBD member, and his study achievements including a General Certificate, Diploma, and Masters in Brewing.

    Mr Hadley has stepped into the role for a two-year term, taking over from Dr Megan Sheehy who has been at the helm since 2018 and has navigated the challenges of COVID in the latter part of her term. Megan Sheehy will continue as Immediate Past Chair and Board Director and says that IBD AP is in good hands with Mr Hadley’s appointment.

    “2020 has been an extraordinary year for us all and we’ve had to navigate the twists and turns that COVID has brought upon us and the industry. Tully is taking on the role at a challenging time and I have no doubt he is the right choice to be leading the next stage of development for the IBD Asia-Pacific.

    “Tully brings tremendous experience and a commitment to the industry and its people that will be a great advantage to his role as Chair of the IBD Board. I feel that Tully is an outstanding choice to lead the next stage of development for IBD Asia-Pacific and I congratulate him on his appointment,” Dr Sheehy said.

    Mr Hadley is supported by seven IBD Board Directors including outgoing Chair Megan Sheehy, Doug Donelan, Gary Faulkner, Carla Dagger, Chris Willcock, David Baxter and Anne Gigney who collectively represent various sectors within the brewing and distilling industries. In the coming months, the IBD AP Board will share its direction for the ensuing years with its membership. Incoming Chair Mr Tully Hadley says he is looking forward to the challenge.

    “Our membership and the people that are part of the brewing and distilling industries here in the Asia-Pacific region are the backbone of what makes the IBD great.

    “As we head into 2021 and toward our virtual Perth convention in February 2021, it is a pertinent reminder of the importance of connectivity and support for each other in the industry as we move toward the future. I am looking forward to my next two years as Chair of the IBD and continuing our support of both industries.”

  • Last week to renew Pink Boots membership
    27 October 2020

    Pink Boots Society Australia, the membership organisation aimed at supporting women in the fermented and alcohol beverage industries, is welcoming new members and encouraging those with existing memberships to renew this week.

    The Pink Boots Society is a global organisation open to women who earn at least 25 per cent of their income from a fermented and alcoholic beverage industry job, students in relevant programmes and those with businesses in planning.

    Pink Boots Society Australia members have access to education opportunities to support their career growth, as well as job opportunities and local and international scholarships.

    They are also part of a community of women in the industry who can support and advise each other, and membership is open to all women including cis, trans, female-identifying, and non-binary individuals.

    There is a small membership fee of $20 for the year.

    “For 8 years, Pink Boots Australia has been run by a team of volunteers – we work full-time jobs and have built Pink Boots in our spare time,” said newly-elected Pink Boots Australia president Tiffany Waldron said.

    “Over time as the organisation has grown, we’ve allowed for funds raised to intermittently be used to manage admin tasks and project manage, but we always knew that this (and the spreadsheet of members we’ve maintained) wasn’t going to work forever.

    “The introduction of fees is something that our members have voted on (and passed) at the AGM for the past few years – These fees will allow Australian members eligibility for scholarships offered globally, and free up the board to work on local programs and scholarships.

    “Our Australian members are now able to connect into the international Pink Boots community through the forums, and it’s been really great to be involved already.”

    To get in touch, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.pinkbootssociety.org.

  • Last week to renew Pink Boots membership
    27 October 2020

    Pink Boots Society Australia, the membership organisation aimed at supporting women in the fermented and alcohol beverage industries, is welcoming new members and encouraging those with existing memberships to renew this week.

    The Pink Boots Society is a global organisation open to women who earn at least 25 per cent of their income from a fermented and alcoholic beverage industry job, students in relevant programmes and those with businesses in planning.

    Pink Boots Society Australia members have access to education opportunities to support their career growth, as well as job opportunities and local and international scholarships.

    They are also part of a community of women in the industry who can support and advise each other, and membership is open to all women including cis, trans, female-identifying, and non-binary individuals.

    There is a small membership fee of $20 for the year.

    “For 8 years, Pink Boots Australia has been run by a team of volunteers – we work full-time jobs and have built Pink Boots in our spare time,” said newly-elected Pink Boots Australia president Tiffany Waldron said.

    “Over time as the organisation has grown, we’ve allowed for funds raised to intermittently be used to manage admin tasks and project manage, but we always knew that this (and the spreadsheet of members we’ve maintained) wasn’t going to work forever.

    “The introduction of fees is something that our members have voted on (and passed) at the AGM for the past few years – These fees will allow Australian members eligibility for scholarships offered globally, and free up the board to work on local programs and scholarships.

    “Our Australian members are now able to connect into the international Pink Boots community through the forums, and it’s been really great to be involved already.”

    To get in touch, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.pinkbootssociety.org.

  • Holgate Brewhouse’s German triumvirate
    27 October 2020

    With Holgate Brewhouse’s normally festive Oktoberfest celebrations kiboshed by COVID this year the Woodend brewery have created a Bavarian beer pack so you can take the party home.

    Coming in a three can gift box with a bonus stubby holder, Holgate’s Bavarian Beer Pack features 500ml cans of Dunkel Lager, Hefe Weiss and Pilsner. The Dunkel and the Hefe Weiss can also be purchased in packs of 12. Head here for more details.

    The Dunkel Lager (5.1%) is Holgate’s nod to the original brown lager of Bavaria. Perfectly suited to matching with food, its subtleties won’t overshadow whatever meal is on the palate but its complexities (chocolate, bread crust and caramel) allow it to stand on its own should a pretzel suffice. Its malt-forward flavour profile doesn’t mean this is overtly sweet however, but rather a finely balanced interplay between those malt characters and noble hop bitterness.

    The Hefe Weiss (5.3%) is a great expression of style. The cloudy, yellowish hue lends itself perfectly to the banana and wheat flavours that aide in this Bavarian wheat beer going down with crisp, refreshing ease.

    Finally, since 2002 the Holgate brewers have been crafting and perfecting the Pilsner (5.1%) and it shows. A staple tap favourite at their brewpub, it wears its traditional golden colours well and continues the Pilsner’s heritage noble hop aromas of herbal and floral notes. There’s a dry cracker malt character and a crisp bitterness to finish.

    The post Holgate Brewhouse’s German triumvirate appeared first on Beer & Brewer.

  • Garland breweries team for Zombieland Twinkie beers
    27 October 2020
    Image credits: Lakewood Brewing Co., Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery.


    Capturing that 2020 end-of-the-world zombie vibe, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery have come together to make two unique beers inspired by the cult movie favorite, Zombieland.  The pairing is said to have been a " no braaaaaaaainer," considering the opening scene of the franchise is set in Garland, Texas, home of the two breweries.

    In the film, Woody Harrelson's character is obsessed with Hostess Twinkies, so each brewery has created a Zombieland Double Tap Collab beer using the snack cakes as an ingredient. According to a press release, Lakewood conjured up a blonde stout brewed with banana, coffee and original Twinkies (11.2% ABV), while Intrinsic features the Chocolate Twinkie in their cream stout (10% ABV). 

    Lakewood and Intrinsic have also partnered with local artist Brad Albright to illustrate the cans as well as a custom 3D poster. The breweries will be holding a social media contest where fans can tag their friends for a chance to win a signed edition poster by the artist, and they will also have prints and 3D glasses to give away to the first 100 guests at each location.

    The Zombieland Double Tap beers are taproom only releases. They will be available at their respective breweries starting Friday, October 30 at 11 a.m.

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