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Autumn Newsletter 2019

The next FoHB Social will be held at the ‘Royal Oak’, Newton St. West Bromwich, on the9th September, starting at 7.30pm as usual. We shall have a quiz; and Dave will have the 50p vouchers to give out – bring your membership card in case he wants to see it. The social after that will be held on 14th October at the ‘St Matthews Hall’, Walsall.
Obituary: It is with great sadness that I have to report that our long time member John Rowlands has passed away after a battle with cancer. He always came to the socials and trips with Geoff Myatt and John Rock; a trio I affectionately nicknamed the “Wednesbury Mafia”. Sadly missed!

We had a good turnout for the Hydes trip and the on board raffle raised £88. The ‘Jar on the Bar’ collection raised another £250, which was topped up to £300 from the raffle proceeds, and will be donated to Manchester Children’s Hospital by Hydes. The hospitality was generous as always with six draught beers on the bar and another three on the lower bar in the brewing area.  Needless to say that all 9 beers were thoroughly tasted by our worthy members, as was the wonderful buffet to boot. Paul has invited us to visit again next year, but has also invited us to visit his own brewery in Liverpool, the “Big Bog Brewery” at Speke.

The next ‘awayday’ will be a trip to ‘Big Bog Brewery’ at Speke, on the 28th September. Price £16 as usual – pay Dan at the September social or let me have your name to put on the list. Only 4 places left.

Dawkins Brewery trip - A visit to Dawkins Brewery in Bristol is still being considered although Glen Dawkins is now resident in Edinburgh looking after his Scottish brewery ‘Steel Coulsons’.

Discounts:The Swan’, Darlaston offers a discount to card carrying CAMRA members of 10p per pint; The ‘Wheatsheaf’, Pinfold, Bloxwich offers 40p a pint off to CAMRA and FoHB members.

Grimbergen to brew again. After more than 220 years the Grimbergen Monastery will soon be using a 10,000hL brewery to produce a 10.8% ABV beer, matured in oak vats like in the very old days. A band of archivists dredged the recipe from very old and smoky manuscripts, and the venture is being paid for by Carlsberg. What? I hear you say? Yes, the big C got the brand name from the carve up of S&N in 2008 and have been brewing for the International market in Kronebourg, France. As it was the French who burned down the Grimbergen Monastery in 1798, its fitting that they are helping to start brewing again on the original site - only 220 years late!

Brain’s Dragon Brewery has opened at Pacific Business Park, Tremorfa, on the outskirts of Cardiff. The old brewery will be developed into office, residential and retail space next to the River Taff, but retaining the old Hancocks listed 19thC. brewhouse and chimney (without burning it down first).

Australia’s No.2 brewer ‘Lion’ which itself is owned by ’Kirin’ of Japan, has followed up on last year’s purchase of London’s ‘Fourpure’ brewery with the acquisition of Huddersfield’s ‘Magic Rock’ which was founded in 2011 and brews 16,000hL a year. The financial details have not been disclosed but the founders are to stay on in their roles for 4 years.

Green King has been sold to a Chinese Real-estate group run by Victor Li, the son of Hong Kong’s richest man Sir Li Ka-shing (I’m not joking). The Suffolk based brewer has 2,700 pubs, hotels and restaurants and will be ….. continued

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