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17th January 2023

Hogs Back Brewery calls for customers to support their local

Little Swine 0.5% beer launched and 2.8% goes on draught

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is supporting pubs to offer broad customer appeal during January with POS support for its flagship ale Tongham TEA, the launch of Little Swine Low Alcohol 2.8% ABV beer on draught and adding a new Little Swine 0.5% bottled beer.

POS on Tongham TEA pump clips will invite customers to “Support Your Local, Go TEA Total” by enjoying a pint of their favourite ale, repeating the successful, and slightly tongue-in-cheek, January campaign from previous years.

Meanwhile, those consumers looking for low and no alcohol beers in January will have the choice of Little Swine 2.8% on draught, or in 330ml and 500ml bottles, while Little Swine 0.5% is launching in 330ml and will be available in 500ml bottles from the end of January, with POS support.

Hogs Back Brewery managing director Rupert Thompson said: “We know that this month is going to be a challenge for pubs, with worries about the high cost-of-living combining with the usual new year’s resolutions to cut back.

“So, we’re helping them appeal both to customers wanting to beat the January blues with a flavourful pint of Tongham TEA, and to the increasing number of consumers with a thirst for beers with full taste but lower strength, which peaks this month.”

Little Swine 0.5% is a full-bodied, flavourful pale ale, brewed with four speciality malts and three hop varieties including aromatic Cascade from Hogs Back’s own hop garden and dry hopped with Mosaic for a robust citrus finish.  The result is a crisp, smooth, well-balanced beer.

Thompson adds: “The distinct branding for both the new 0.5% beer and existing 2.8% create a Little Swine family which is clearly part of the Hogs Back portfolio. This means that drinkers will trust the beers to deliver great taste while also being produced in keeping with our ethos of brewing sustainably and using local ingredients. Little Swine is brewed with our own home-grown hops and so has a lower carbon footprint – from field to firkin in a furlong, as we like to say.

“Currently, pubs mainly offer low and no alcohol versions of global beer brands, and we believe many consumers will welcome the option to support local brewers producing great-tasting no and low alcohol beers. We’re encouraging pubs to broaden their low and no  range during January and stock a local brand, to help customers show their support for local brewers.

“The method we use to brew low and no alcohol beers* leaves more of the hop character in the brew as well as retaining a fuller, more complete mouth feel. It’s lower-tech and less interventionist than mass-produced low and no beers, and we think consumers will appreciate this more natural approach.”

Both the 0.5% and 2.8% beers are gluten free, which is clearly communicated on labels alongside the beers’ calorie content.

Little Swine 0.5% bottles mirror the design for the 2.8% beer, with a blue label replacing the green.   The iconic Hogs Back hog has been reduced in size to reflect the beer’s name and the neck label declares ‘Hops Fresh From Our Farm’, clearly communicating the beer’s unique provenance. Hogs Back will be supporting on-trade stockists with POS comprising large cut-outs of the bottle.

*Hogs Back uses a stopped fermentation brewing method to produce its low alchol beers, in contrast with the less gentle reverse osmosis or vacuum distillation processes used by larger global brewers.

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Issued on behalf of: Hogs Back Brewery

By: ShielPorter Communications

Further information: / 07734 054389 / 07841 694137

Notes to editors

Hogs Back Brewery

  • Hogs Back Brewery was founded in 1992 in Tongham, in the heart of the traditional Surrey hop growing area.
  • Its flagship brand Tongham TEA (Traditional English Ale), is one of the leading regional ales in the South East. The first beer brewed by Hogs Back in 1992, TEA has won multiple awards including runner-up in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain in 2000.
  • Other awards include CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2020 for its A over T (Aromas over Tongham) 9% ABV bottle conditioned barley wine and a Bronze medal in the International Cider Challenge 2019 for its traditional cloudy cider, Hazy Hog.
  • The Hogs Back Brewery range includes a number of award-winning draught, bottled and canned beers, demonstrating its ability to combine brewing expertise and tradition with product innovation to create distinctive, memorable beers.
  • Hogs Back planted its original, 3.5-acre hop garden in 2014 before moving a larger site in 2019. In September 2022, they harvested hops from 6,000 plants, and their Hop Harvest celebrations attracted 3,000 people over a weekend.
  • Hogs Back cultivates three hop varieties: Fuggles – used in its flagship TEA; Cascade – used in Hogstar lager; and Farnham White Bine.
  • As part of its drive to become an ever more sustainable brewer, Hogs Back is aiming to eliminate single use plastic. They have introduced refillable glass Snorters (3.5 pints) and Snifters (1 ¾ pints), and to date have removed 12,000 PETs, earning them Plastic Free Champion status from Surfers Against Sewage.

Issued on behalf of: Hogs Back Brewery

By: ShielPorter Communications

Further information: / 07734 054389 / 07841 694137