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17th June 2013

Uncle Sam’s beers showcased for Independence Day

The Beer Academy is marking American Independence day with a 90 minute tasting of “Uncle Sam’s” beers to be held at the White Horse at Parsons Green on Tuesday 2nd July. Beer Academy Sommelier Ric Brown who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, will be hosting a tasting of beers brewed in the USA.  The beers tasted will range from the early pioneers of the craft beer movement to some of the current stars. 

Ric says “America has seen a beer revolution over the past 30 years. It would be fair to say that in the seventies and eighties, US beer didn’t have the highest reputation amongst the world’s beer connoisseurs. No longer. American brewers now lead the way in developing some of the most interesting beers being brewed anywhere around the globe. “

“The great joy of beer is that it is ever changing with brewers continually look for new ways to excite the palate of beer lovers.In this tasting I will be showing how US brewers, with a typical American lack of reverence, are taking such old world favourites as Scotch ale, India Pale Ale, Belgian wheat beer and German lager to give them a new twist and produce the beer classics of the twenty first century. We will also show how these American styles are “returning home” with brewers in the UK and the Continent starting to adopt US raw materials and brewing techniques.




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Notes for Editors.

After a career in radio and 15 years in the record business, Ric Brown decided to pursue a newly found passion, craft beer. He set up the successful beer programme at Atlanta neighbourhood restaurant Muss & Turners. This included tastings, education and beer dinners. From many visits to the UK, he developed a passion for the pubs and real ale that the country is famous for. Moving to Edinburgh in 2007, Ric embarked on a marketing management programme at Napier University, earning a degree in 2011. Along the way he worked in some of the best real ale pubs, gaining experience in sourcing, selling, cellaring and pairing real ale with food and whisky. Ric now lives in London and after a year and a half putting the Old Red Cow and Dean Swift on the craft beer map, he runs the newly formed wholesale arm of The Bottle Shop.  TBSW represents only the best modern beer breweries such as Beavertown, Partizan and The Kernel, whilst importing beer from the US such as Green Flash, Jolly Pumpkin and Clown Shoes.  The best of Europe’s new brewers, Evil Twin and To’ Ol are also brought in regularly.  At the weekend Ric can be found selling these beers at the Maltby Street Market, SE1.

The Beer Academy is an educational body that was founded by a small group of beer enthusiasts in 2003 to help people understand, appreciate and enjoy beer sensibly. To date over 10,000 people have attended Beer Academy courses and tasting events such as the BBC Good Food Show, the Great British Beer Festival and the British Museum as well as in pubs and bars up and down the country. The Academy offers a range of courses and qualifications ranging from a 90 minute tutored introduction to beer through to the two day Advanced Course for serious beer connoisseurs.

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