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Nicholson's pubs Great British Home Brew Challenge 2011

Nicholson's pubs, Mitchells & Butlers' collection of historic and beautiful pubs in towns and cities nationwide, have a long tradition of serving their customers the very best in real ale.

With an unrivalled and eclectic range of cask conditioned ales, Nicholson's search the length and breadth of the British Isles to offer guests Award Winning Real Ales and new to market brews.

Now Nicholson's is searching further to find the best in home brewing. On the 1st of September, Nicholson's pubs and Thornbridge brewery are launching the Great British Home Brew Challenge 2011, aimed at identifying the best home brewed beer. The past few years have seen a revival of craft brewing throughout the world and, in the UK, there are now more independent brewers, producing highly individual, interesting ales, than ever before. Nicholson's and Thornbridge want to recognise the skills and passion of those brewing excellent beers at home and are launching the competition to reveal the finest home-brewed ales around today.

The winner will see their brew recipe transformed into a production brew by Thornbridge Brewery and made available through Nicholson's 80 pubs across the UK.

Ben Lockwood of Nicholson's says, 'The UK has a great tradition of home brewing. In many countries home brewers work closely with full-time brewers and new approaches and recipes for beers are often discovered. With this Challenge we can offer the home brewer a chance to have their beer professionally produced and then served in over 80 traditional British pubs. This should be a very interesting competition and, whilst serious, hopefully great fun for all involved.'

Simon Webster from Thornbridge explains, 'A considerable number of home brewers develop great quality beers that can never be appreciated by a larger drinking public. The Home Brew Challenge 2011 will provide home brewers with an opportunity to match their beers against those of other enthusiasts, and have them tasted by a panel of expert beer judges'.

For entry details, see www.gbhomebrew.co.uk

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