Monday, 15 August 2022

Competition winners help brew batch of Brakspear beer

TWO estate agents made their own beer after winning a Henley Standard competition run in conjunction

TWO estate agents made their own beer after winning a Henley Standard competition run in conjunction with the Brakspear microbrewery i n Henley.

Caroline Ham and Ken Baker helped brew a batch of Goldfinger ale with head brewer Malcolm Mayo and assistant Richard Ashplant at the company’s headquarters off Bell Street.

Mrs Ham and Mr Baker helped weigh out the different ingredients and learned how hops create different flavours.

They were also given a tour of the site before having lunch at the neighbouring Bull on Bell Street pub for their prize.

The duo, who work for Simmons & Sons, also in Bell Street, entered the competition in the Henley Standard in April.

Mrs Ham said: “The brewery day was a fascinating experience and Ken and I came away knowing a lot more about brewing than we did at the start of the day.

“This was my first time in a microbrewery and it was interesting to be so close to the brewing process. Now when we go into the Bull, we’ll understand what’s going on behind the glass screen of the microbrewery and I’m sure that we’ll appreciate our beers a bit more.

“We’re both delighted to have won the prize.”

Fellow winners Brian and Angela Davies, from Upper Basildon, joined the tour and had lunch.

Mr Davies said: “We enjoyed looking behind the scenes with Malcolm and learning a bit more about how they brew.

“We followed our tour with a meal at the Bull, which we really enjoyed. We will definitely be dining there again.”

Mr Mayo said: “We enjoyed having the prize winners visit us and helping out in the brewery.

“It’s always good to involve our customers in brewing as they learn about our beers and we get closer to the people who actually drink them, which helps us when creating new beers.”

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