New brew that could have you see­ing stars

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART PIKE

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

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