The Dirty Habit pub in Hollingbourne, Kent, which dates back to the 11th century by some estimates, was engulfed by flames on Sunday night.
The site, now run by pub chain Elite, was a favorite stop for pilgrims on the trail to Canterbury. King James II is also reputed to have stayed there while en route to Dover and then France in 1688 when he was deposed by the Glorious Revolution. Originally called The King’s Head, it was then called Pilgrim’s Rest before being renamed The Dirty Habit as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the clothing of the pilgrims.
There is some debate as to its actual age, with some claims suggesting that it is only a spritely 800-year-old boozer with a Georgian façade, but it certainly has a long history either way. How much of that has now been lost because of the fire is currently unclear.
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Absolutely diabolical! Would you ever be able to stop drinking it?
Press release: Anspach & Hobday launches salt-flavored beer
We’re delighted to have partnered with South London based brewery, Anspach & Hobday for a unique collaboration in celebration of our 140th birthday.
The team at A&H, led by co-founders Jack Hobday and Paul Anspach, have been creating new wave, craft beer since 2013. Alongside their classic core range, they create pleasing experimental beers and bespoke collaborations, pouring quality into everything they do. This month sees the launch of their Sea Salt & Lime Gose brewed with Maldon Salt.
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20 Years of the National Brewing Library
An Oxford Brookes University public lecture event Wed 23rd Nov 2022
Start 5.00pm – exhibition tours
Talks from 6.00 pm – Professor Katherine Smart to compere
Pete Brown (30 minutes) – topic to be decided
Academics Victoria Ellis and Agnieszka Rydzik – Brewsters working in contemporary micro-brewing (30 minutes)
Break – beer and food (Tap Social, Little Ox Brew Co, Toad Distillery)
Roger Protz – Then and now- from Michael Jackson’s world beer guides to contemporary guides (30 minutes)
Adrian Tierney-Jones – The evolution of Brewing awards (30 minutes)
Church sparks outrage after hosting beer festival in graveyard
A vicar in County Durham was forced to defend the decision to host a four-day beer festival in his church’s graveyard after images of revelers leaning on headstones and using graves as tables sparked outrage.
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Fauna Brewing has launched a range of beers that have been inspired by and support endangered African wildlife.
London-based Fauna Brewing has partnered with three charities, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Painted Dog Conservation and the African Pangolin Working Group to release three beers, each dedicated to a different endangered species.
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Glenfiddich Distilleries to Fuel Trucks With Whisky Waste In Sustainability Push
Since 1887, Glenfiddich has set out to make the best “drams in the valley,” and many whisky connoisseurs agree that the brand succeeded with its award-winning single malt Scotch. Now, Glenfiddich’s initiative to turn whisky waste into fuel for its delivery trucks is leading the way for a future of sustainability efforts.
Mark Craig, of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, discovered one of the 50 gold cans in his case of BrewDog. Despite being advertised as “solid gold” and worth £15,000, Mr. Craig has been left disappointed when it turned out the can was mostly made of brass.
As part of a promotional campaign, the Scottish Brewer advertised the chance to discover a “solid gold” can of its flagship Punk IPA beer.
Craig had hoped to fund his wedding by selling the gold can.
“Sales of Punk presumably went through the roof,” Craig said, per The Guardian.
Unfortunately, The Guardian reports that a certificate provided by BrewDog shows that the can is actually only gold-plated. It’s coated in gold plating three thousandths of a millimetre thick.
Despite this, the brewer said it stood by its valuation of the cans at £15,000 “based on multiple factors”
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BREWDOG CEO REVEALS DRAGON’S DEN INVESTORS MISSED OUT ON £360M AFTER PRODUCERS REJECTED THEIR SCREEN TEST
James Watt, the CEO and co-founder of craft beer giant BrewDog, has revealed that the Dragon’s Den investors missed out on “by far the best deal” in the show’s history after producers rejected their screen test.
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Beer thieves left red-faced, trash pub as keg heist goes wrong
Five beer thieves who attempted to steal kegs of beer left for collection outside the The Twa Tams in Perth, Scotland, trashed the pub after their heist went awry. The robbers attempted to make off with the kegs at around 8.20pm on 13 March, only to discover that they were empty and contained no beer, according to the Daily Record. Realising their error of judgement, four of the five fled the scene but a fifth, apparently incensed, threw a keg through the bar’s antique stained glass window, shattering it.
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No one knows how to create and milk controversy better than the marketers at Brewdog.
Brewdog not allowed to say ‘f##k’ on billboards
The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled that Brewdog cannot use the word “f##k” in public advertisements.
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Scottish Brewery BrewDog reported the theft of an entire trailer load of beer, worth £150,000, from a motorway service station in Cheshire.
In a tweet on March 24th, BrewDog co-founder James Watt explained that the crime occurred on the way to the brewer’s online distribution center.
The beer, believed to be cans of Punk IPA, was taken from the trailer while it was parked at the Moto Lymm services in Cheshire on Tuesday at around 7:45am.
Really? 7:45 in the morning (rush hour most places) and no one saw a team of crooks unloading 26 pallets of beer from a truck parked at a gas station?
Watt said that there would be a temporary shortage of the beer online due to the theft, but said every effort would be made to increase the stock.
BrewDog’s website is now showing the beer as in stock.
Jonathan Warburton’s bakery business posted a £13.5 million loss last year due to falling wrapped bread sales. So he turned his attention to beer instead and partnered with sustainable brewer, Toast Ale, to create an IPA made with leftover crumpets. It’s the first non-baked product in Warburtons’ over 140 year history. The light session IPA is made by substituting leftover crumpets for the malted barley. The beers are being released as limited editions for now.
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To celebrate the launch of its new pale ale called Ice Breaker, UK brewery Greene King installed an igloo with lickable frozen beer blocks in London’s Southwark.
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UK BREWER LAUNCHES APPRENTICESHIP TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY
Laine Brew Company, with over 60 bars and brewpubs in the UK, is rolling out a new brewing apprenticeship scheme to attract more people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds into the beer industry.
The apprenticeship was launched at south London pub The Four Thieves on Wednesday evening, at an event called the One for All Festival, which saw people employed in various areas of the brewing industry speak about their roles and how they got into their careers.
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Hafod brewery is offering beer in exchange for 100 grams of freshly picked bilberries forage from the local moorlands by the public.
Normally the brewery procures the berries from rangers from the Clwydian Range Area but owner Martin Godfrey wanted to “step up production” and so, has called on locals for help.
The brewery says every 100 grams of foraged bilberries will earn the picker a bottle from this year’s batch of Bilberry Brew.