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23rd October 2023

Hogs Back Brewery lines up cask ales for autumn

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery has a strong line up of seasonal cask ales to take drinkers through the autumn, offering a variety of styles from easy-drinking bitters to darker ruby ales and porters.

The brewer’s Home Harvest Ale went on sale earlier this month. A 4% ABV, well-balanced ale, Home Harvest is brewed using only the three hops harvested from Hogs Back’s hop garden: Fuggles, Cascade and Farnham White Bine – the latter a local variety that the brewer rescued from near extinction.

Also on sale now is Ratfink & RipSnorter, a new, 5% ABV rich ruby ale with spicy notes and hints of plum, making it a perfect drink for chillier evenings. Ratfink & RipSnorter has been pouring in J D Wetherspoon pubs this month as part of their annual Real Ale Festival.

Later in the autumn, Hogs Back will be launching a new beer, Blackwater Plum Porter, following the success of Blackwater Porter introduced in March this year.  Plum Porter is a 4% ABV, well-rounded porter with fruity, sweet notes and the perfect drink to enjoy as the autumn sets in.

All beers will be available in Hogs Back’s Brewery Tap or from the Brewery Shop in reusable glass flagons – Snorters containing 3½  pints or Snifters of 1¾ pints – as part of the brewer’s ongoing sustainability ambitions.

Hogs Back Brewery managing director Rupert Thompson said: “Debate about the future of cask ale has raged for as long as I can remember – and I’ve been in the brewing industry a while!  Whatever the long-term outlook for the category, we can report that, among our core drinkers, there is still strong demand for our cask ales.

“Our seasonal programme is an important part of what we offer these drinkers, who enjoy being the first to try a new beer in the Tap. We’re very happy with our autumn line up, which offers a wide range of tastes and eases drinkers into the darker, richer styles of the festive season.”

He added: “Like many brewers, we saw our cask sales dip during Covid and it took a us a while to recover that business. We’re pleased that we’ve now rebuilt our on-trade presence, with pubs across Surrey, London and the south-east stocking our permanent and seasonal cask ales.”


Issued on behalf of: Hogs Back Brewery

By: ShielPorter Communications

Further information: / 07841 694137 / 07734 054389

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, or Traditional English Ale, is one of the leading regional ales in the South East. The first beer brewed by Hogs Back in 1992, Tongham 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. In recent years it has launched two low-alcohol beers: Little Swine 2.8% and Little Swine 0.5%.
  • 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: / 07841 694137 / 07734 054389

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