Rais­ing a pint to 25 years of brew­ing

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HOGS Back Brew­ery is set to cel­e­brate 25 years of brew­ing in style.

The pop­u­lar in­de­pen­dent brew­ery based in Tong­ham reached the mile­stone on Au­gust 4 hav­ing been a fea­ture of vil­lage life since 1992 when it first opened its doors to the pub­lic, with Mar­tin Hunt and An­thony Stan­tonPre­cious at the helm.

The first ever brew of 10 Brewer’s Bar­rels, equiv­a­lent to about 3,000 pints, rapidly sold out through a hand­ful of lo­cal pubs, in­clud­ing Tong­ham’s White Hart.

The brew­ery is still housed in 18 cen­tury farm build­ings that at var­i­ous times have stored wheat, and housed cat­tle and, very ap­pro­pri­ately, hogs.

Tra­di­tional English Ale – or TEA as it is af­fec­tion­ately known by lo­cals – was the brew­ery’s first beer and TEA has been win­ning awards ever since, in­clud­ing run­nerup in CAMRA’s Cham­pion Beer of Bri­tain in 2000, and win­ner of Best Bit­ter in the London & South East re­gion in 2015.

TEA con­tin­ues to be brewed to an al­most un­changed recipe 25 years on.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all our loyal cus­tomers, who have been drink­ing our ales for 25 years. Here’s to another suc­cess­ful 25 years!” Ru­pert Thomp­son, owner of Hogs Back Brew­ery proudly an­nounced.

The brew­ery has a se­ries of cel­e­bra­tions planned to cel­e­brate the mile­stone achieve­ment in­clud­ing a spe­cial Tong­ham TEA Club tast­ing of the brew­ery’s 6,000 brew, a Hop Gar­den Open Evening and a Hop Har­vest and 25th Birthday Party on September 23.

The brew­ery is open for guided tours through­out the week. De­tails of all events and tours can be found on their web­site www.hogs­back. co.uk.

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