Sambrook's Brewery are celebrating their 5th birthday by teaming up with the National Trust, Morden Hall Park to pay tribute to craft beer. The festival will be a celebration of beer, food and music, with local food producers, entertainers and craft brewers from around the UK.
Sambrook's Brewery are creating a very special one off beer for the event called 'Number 5', which will be available alongside their full range. There will also be a very carefully selected supporting cast of brewers who have in some shape or form played a part in helping Sambrook's reach the grand old age of 5!
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The Beer Academy and on our Sommelier's takes part in the City Beer festival raises money the Lord Mayor's Appeal!
With the music festivals in full swing, it was time for the City of London to step forward and organise its first ever outdoor Beer & Music festival in London, on Thursday 4th July.
The event was run in partnership with the City of London Festival and the Lord Mayor's appeal, with the festival held in the elegant surroundings of Guildhall in the Yard. The Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford is big fan of beer, and asked the Beer Academy to supply one of our Sommelier's could take him on a private tour during the festival around all 10 breweries. Nigel Sadler, who was the first accredited Beer Academy Sommelier was tasked with such a job and he couldn't believe the Lord Mayor of London's thirst for knowledge about our holy grail beer.
Ten British based brewers and the Beer Academy came together to help raise money for the Lord Mayor's Appeal. The brewers in attendance were, Wells & Young, Hopback, Hepworth's, Hall & Woodhouse, Miller Brands, Fullers, Greene King, Theakstons, Meantime & Shepherd Neame, without these brewers they would have been no event! The Lord Mayor's appeal would like to thanks all the brewers for kindly donating their beer to this worthwhile cause.
It was a truly fantastic event, with around 3000 people attending, with over £20,000 raised, all proceeds going to the City's Music Foundation charity, which is established to help fund emerging music artists.
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The festival was a roaring success, with plans being arranged for next year already!
Malt meets milk as the Beer Academy's hosts it first Festival of Beer and Cheese
Over 150 people joined the Beer Academy for its first festival of British beer and cheese in the magnificent Hall of the Worshipful Company of Brewers in the City of London. Cheese Makers and Head Brewers were on hand to help participants discover the art of beer and cheese matching (see Notes for Editors for details of all the cheese makers and brewers represented).
Beer Sommelier and keen amateur cheese maker, Peter Haydon who attended the event said "Any brewer understands cheese-making because the processes are so similar. Cheese is basically beer backwards - and vice versa. It's not surprising that beer and cheese are natural bedfellows".
Nigel White of the British Cheese Board said "It is only in recent years that I discovered the joy of beer with cheese. There is such an enormous variety of both beer and cheeses that finding a perfect match is virtually inevitable".
Beer Sommelier Steve Livens said "There are few hard and fast rules to matching beer with any food; it's very much a matter of personal preference. But there are simple tips to bear in mind. When it comes to cheese, a stronger weightier cheese, such as blue stilton, usually needs a robust beer such as porter or even heavily hopped dark ale. Whereas a salty cheddar responds perfectly to the refreshment of a lighter golden ale or a floral lager. But in the end, the real joy and excitement of finding the perfect combination comes from the voyage of discovery!"
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Notes for Editors.
Cheeses were from Denhay Farms, Dewlay, The British Cheese Board, Goodwood Cheese, Milk Link, Long Clawson and Paxton & Whitfield.
Beers were from the Badger Brewery, Caledonian Brewery, Everards, Fuller Smith & Turner, Greene King, Marston's, Meantime Brewery, Shepherd Neame and Wells & Young's.