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Brewery News West Berkshire Brewery has been chosen for the Strangers’ Bar at the House of Commons. From West Berkshire to Westminster, West Berkshire Brewery celebrated after local MP, Richard Benyon, chose their Mister Chubb’s Lunchtime Bitter to be the week’s guest ale in the Stranger’s Bar inside the House of Commons. Mister Chubb’s is one of their most popular beers, the award winning ale is a 3.7% bitter brewed with single variety English hops. Started in 1995, West Berkshire Brewery is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. To celebrate a double decade of brewing excellence Double Decadence 4.5% has been expertly crafted. It’s the perfect golden ale, a decadent brew, double hopped to provide a clean and assertive bitterness, which compliments the sweet malt caramel flavours. For the second year running West Berkshire Brewery, have been selected as the Official Ale of Henley Royal Regatta. Available from both the Stewards' Enclosure and the Regatta Bar, West Berkshire Brewery showcased Good Old Boy along with a special beer brewed exclusively for the event, Henley Pale at 4%. th

Look out for our branch social on Saturday 19 September to the West Berkshire Brewery OktoberWest beer festival, a celebration of real ale and craft beer with an emphasis on Bavarian beers. We are promised a German bakery and street food, as well as live music from a traditional “oompah” band. The festival starts at midday and is scheduled to finish at 11:30pm. Tickets at £15 are reduced to £12.50 for CAMRA members.

Siren Craft Brew threw a summer “sessions and sours” party on the th 11 of July, showcasing the finest in summer session beers and thirstquenching sours. Sour beers have existed since brewing first commenced, before refrigeration and advances in brewing technology prevented the bacteria and yeast which would have found their way into almost anything that was brewed, particularly when aged or stored in wooden barrels. The three words that will always crop up when discussing ssours are Lactobacillus (more commonly known as the sour milk bacteria), Brettanomyces and Pediococcus. These organisms produce the complexity and acidic characteristics of sour beer (also synonymous with natural cider). Ascot Ales

The Single Hop 4.6 % IPA series continues with a new experimental Slovenian hop designated 214/61. There are approximately 40kgs available in the UK, so at most they're one of 8 breweries that will have this hop. It has a grassy aroma with a pleasant rounded bitterness.

Issue 40, Autumn 2015

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Mad Cow Issue 40  

Issue 40 of the Mad Cow - Magazine of the Berkshire South-East ("BSE") branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)