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09/11/2012

Great British Home Brew Challenge 2012

In 2011 BrewUk, Nicholson's and Thornbridge Brewery launched the inaugural Great British Home Brew Challenge. Over 100 entries covering a range of beer styles were submitted. The competition proved a great success and a brilliant showcase of the emerging talent in the British home-brewing scene. Paul Carruthers' 'Frank as Apollo', a 4.6% Premium Bitter, emerged as the winner and was then brewed at Thornbridge and enjoyed across Nicholson's pubs.

In light of last year's reception to the competition we are delighted to announce the launch of The Great British Home Brew Challenge 2012. This year the winner will again get the opportunity to have their beer recognised and enjoyed nationwide. See www.gbhomebrew.co.uk for entry details.

Rob Lovatt, Thornbridge's Head Brewer, explains "It was great to see all of the entries last year flying in; I developed my own passion for making beer through home-brewing in my parent's garage. Hopefully this competition can help to inspire some of the next generation of new and innovative brewers coming through in the UK's expanding craft beer scene".

Ben Lockwood, Nicholson's says "The UK has a great tradition of home brewing and the success of last year's challenge shows that this trend is still strong today. Our deserving winner, Paul, had his beer professionally produced and served in 80 cask ale British pubs. We are hoping this year should once again be a very interesting competition and whilst serious hopefully great fun for all involved".

Upon winning last year Paul Carruthers outlined his feelings on winning "I'm well aware of the high standard of homebrewed beer and so I was completely overwhelmed. To have one of my recipes brewed was an absolute dream come true".

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