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9th April 2015

Hogshead and Rudgate Breweries Atlantic collaboration

Denver based Hogshead Brewery and UK based brewery Rudgate have combined over a 100 years of brewing expertise and knowledge to create their US/ Anglo collaboration ale Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter which will be launched at the Craft Brewers Conference 14th -17th April . The collaboration is a first for both of the craft breweries and has been a couple of years in the planning !

The two breweries initially met at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver in 2013. As part of the conference Hogshead held its first cask festival along with sponsors UK Brewing supplies, Angram Ltd Beer Dispense and help from the BFBI ( Brewing Food & Beverage Industry UK). There were nine cask beers from the UK including Rudgate Brewery’s famous award winning Ruby Mild, four from bigger American brewers and eight from Hogshead.

Early 2015 Rudgate contacted Hogshead to discuss a potential collaboration – the rest is history! “We’re like minded when it comes to producing quality beers – and felt that a collaboration ale would be a fantastic way to combine our talents and fuse our brewing styles” commented Craig Lee, Rudgate’s Managing Director.

Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter brings together the passion of two world class breweries. It’s nutty, toffee, toasted malt character marries with a distinct earthiness from Hogshead’s house yeast. Starting with a soft mouth-feel but finishing resinous and dry from the use of both England’s finest Challenger hops and the American Northwest’s prized Cascade hops, this ale pays homage to great bitters made on both sides of the pond!” says Cicerone Jake Gardener.

Both Breweries can be contacted for more information about the availability of Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter and will be present at the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon. The beer with be available to try at the BFBI (Brewing Food and Beverage) and Brewers Supply Group (BSG) Beer Stations.


Notes to Editors :

Rudgate Brewery was established in 1992 and is situated in the heart of Yorkshire in the Vale of York. The original brewery was situated in the former ammunition building of RAF Marston Moor Airfield. The name comes from the old Roman road of ‘Rudgate’ which runs through the airfield. This road led the Vikigns along our vale defeating the Romans in their steps. The road, its name and our proximity to York is what influenced the main theme of Vikings for our brewery.

Rudgate Brewery has over 100 years combined knowledge of brewing producing both traditional and new style beers using only the finest raw materials brewed in a time proven traditional manner. The brewery was purchased in 2008 by its current owner Craig Lee who has worked for the company since 1996. Fresh energy, new products and a string of awards including CAMRA Overall Champion Beer of Britain 2009 helped quickly increase production by over 200% and in 2011 they expanded into a new modern facility built over the original site.


Hogshead Brewery owner Steve Kirby had lived in the US on and off for 25 years – but the one thing that was missing and he yearned for was “a proper pint” – and as the story goes this is how Hogshead Brewery all began back in 2010! The brewery is based in Denver in a repurposed 1950’s gas station and was developed with the aim of brewing, cellaring and serving cask conditioned “real ales”. Hogshead quickly became a favourite with locals looking to pop in for a pint, beer aficionados, and brewers from around the world. Serving cask beer started off slow at about 20% of our production, and keg at 80%. Today production has changed significantly with 70% cask and 30% keg.

The Craft Brewers Conference is one of the largest industry gatherings in the brewing calendar – with 11,000 brewing industry professionals attending

For further information contact :

Craig Lee – Managing Director Rudgate Brewery

T :+44 (01423) 358382


Steve Kirby – Hogshead Brewery

T : +1-303 495 3105


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