New brew that could have you seeing stars
BROADCASTER Prof Brian Cox combined a passion for science and beer to launch a new craft beer, Cosmic Brew.
Working with Middleton brewery JW Lees, Prof. Cox launched the ale this week at the Horton Arms in Chadderton and was joined by Middleton MP Liz McInnes.
Between broadcasting and lecturing commitments, Prof Cox, with the help of head brewer Michael Lees-Jones, has experimented with several different brews to produce Cosmic Brew, which JW Lees describes ‘a zesty amber ale made with a unique blend of British hops, Admiral, Jester and Cascade to give it a modern hoppy twist’.
Oldham-born Prof Cox said uncovering the secrets and science of brewing had been ‘a great experience’.
He said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but when Michael asked me to collaborate on a beer, I couldn’t resist.
“I enjoyed being involved in the branding and design. The pattern of the stars on the label is the view of the night sky looking north over the brewery on the day I was born; March 3, 1968.
“It’s what I would have seen had I looked out of the window. There’s a fact for the pub quiz.”
Prof Brian Cox and Heywood and Middleton MP Liz McInnes at the launch of Middleton brewery JW Lees’ Cosmic Brew
Carrol Booth (left) and members of the Knit and Natter Group