Things never slow down for the Dwarfs at the Fownes brewery.
April will see us taking our beers to two local festivals, Walsall and Stourbridge.
If you’re going to the Walsall beer festival (Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April) we’ll have two new beers available there. And if you’re ever out for a pint in Walsall, check out The Wheat Sheaf on the Birmingham Road, as they now regualrly serve Fownes ales on the bar.
Four months in and the Best of British Hops range of beers has been very successful, not only in demonstrating the flavour characteristics of British hops but also the desire amongst drinkers to try them. April will see us use UK Cascade, a British grown variation on a popular American hop (see over for more details). We’ve also launched Ulfsberg Cross 4.8%ABV, a development of January’s Bramling Cross.
Ladies, time is running out for you to get your tickets (£10 at the bar) for the ladies only ale tasting evening, 6pm on Thursday 18th April. It will be a fantastic, fun night out, giving even those of you who dislike beer the opportunity to have another try in a relaxed, friendly environment. You’ll get to sample six different beers along with food chosen to match that beer style as well as a goodie bag to take away. Your host for the evening, Marverine Cole (Beer Beauty), is an award winning beer blogger, accredited beer sommelier and TV presenter. When she tried the Fownes beers in a recent visit to the Crispin she said “THEIR BEERS ARE UTTERLY BRILLIANT!” For the gentlemen there will be food available, three new ales and a talk on British hop farming. Please come along, bring your friends and support this great evening.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our local MP, Ian Austin, for his continuing support of the Fownes brewery. You may remember back in October 2012 Ian adopted the first of our casks; since then he’s arranged for Crispin’s Ommer to be sold as a guest ale in the Strangers bar at the House of Commons (more on that in July), made the voice of local brewers heard in parliament (we finally got rid of the Beer Duty escalator) and gave us a mention on TV during the Sunday Politics show on the BBC (24/3/13).