Winter Newsletter 2017
The next FoHB Social will be held at the Walsall Arms, Bank St. Walsall, on the 11th December, starting at 7.30pm as usual. We shall have a Christmas tombola and skittles; and Dennis will have the 50p vouchers to give out – bring your membership card in case he wants to see it. Bob Newton will, as always, be on hand to sort out your membership renewals – so if you think of anyone who might want to join bring them along. All memberships will lapse on 31st December so renew it when you can. *Don’t forget that we have had to put the subs up for next year to £6 single and £9 joint.*
The trip to Bristol was a great success with £93 raised on the raffle (a new record) and you will be pleased to hear that we have been invited back to Dawkins Brewery next year. I must say that we were treated royally by Glen Dawkins, and had some interesting beers. There was a beer made with locally grown hops ‘Easton Promise’, and brewed while the hops were still green. ‘Azacca’ was a 4.5% beer made with American hops and named after the Haitian god of agriculture. Glen is bottling a lot of beer, and using recyclable plastic kegs to offer ‘craft keg’ to the many new outlets in Bristol and beyond. A new one is ‘Supersonic’ a 4.5% hazy gold beer which donates 10p on every bottle to the new Filton Aviation Museum which houses our last Concord.
The ‘4 Crosses’ in Shelfield will close for 2 weeks in the New Year to enable essential installations to take place, and then will re-
Committee news: Steve Orford is standing down as chairman next year, and Mick Young (Press & Venues) is coming off the committee too. As we have an unfilled post on the committee already, we will be 3 short next year unless members come forward to fill the gaps. Andy Wells is prepared to stand for chair but that leaves us needing a new Treasurer, a Press/Venues rep, and another bod to help out. Can you nominate anyone in time for the AGM in February?
Backyard Brewery – Congrats to Backyard Brewery, who won overall Gold in the SIBA Independent Beer Awards, which are often referred to as “the Brewers Choice” awards. They won with aptly named ‘Gold’ 4.5%, and got an overall Silver with their ‘1898’ 4.9%. Needless to say both these beers won Gold in their respective categories. They also got ‘Silver’ in the Cask strong bitter & pale ales category for ‘Antipodean’. They are selling ‘Bad Santa’ and ‘Project Snowball’ (pale) over the festive season, and the brewery tap is still open Fridays.
AJ’s is brewing a Christmas beer called ‘Stuck up the Chimney’ and another called ‘Rudolph Rain Beer’ 5%, and having an Open-
Dates for your Diary: . ‘Pigs Ear Beer Festival’, Hackney 5th-
The committee wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And finally, “Where does Santa park his sleigh in the countryside?” ……“In a sleighstack.”