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Summer Newsletter 2018

The next FoHB Social will be held at the The Bartons Arms, Newtown, on the 14th May, starting at 7.30pm as usual. We will have a table top quiz  – and  Dan will be taking bookings for the Hydes trip in June (and issuing tickets for those who may have paid already).

The trip to Shrewsbury went very well and the weather was kind to us.. The on board raffle raised £45. A big thank you to Dan for donating the 5 ltr beer keg. Not only is Shrewsbury a busy market town, it has medieval architecture, town walls, a castle, an Abbey, a river, and some of the best pubs in Shropshire. We stopped at Oakengates on the way home to try their 3 Good Beer Guide pubs, and were disappointed they were so busy we couldn’t get in to some pubs. The ‘Old Fighting Cocks’ ended up playing host to most of our coach, and the beers were epic !

 We hear that Joules Brewery has bought and refurbished the ‘Shakespear’ in Bridgnorth high town. Knowing other pubs in their estate, it will be tastefully in keeping with the old black and white buildings heritage. Whilst on about Bridgnorth, their renowned beer festival is finally going to go ahead at the Bridgnorth station venue 6th-8th September, following the completion of building works at SVR.

A trip to Liverpool is being arranged for Saturday 28th July. No details yet worked out. Interested members  please give your name to Dan.

Highgate Brewery is going up for sale – again. It’s been placed with Birmingham based property retailer Siddall Jones for £975,000, and local councillor Aftab Hawaz says he ‘hopes’ that a buyer will be found and he ‘hopes’ that they will respect the heritage of the building and area. The building and equipment are still Grade 2 listed, so we have a catch 22 situation.

AJ’s in Long Acre St. reports that he is having his IPA bottled this week, and will be organising another ‘Open Day’ soon to promote all his bottled beers. He’s also introducing 2 new beers for the World Cup; “Let’s get Kane’d” 5% pale ale, and a Russian stout called “Route 66” 6.6%, made with 6 different hops and malts.

Summer 2018 continued …