Rose Marsh pulls the first pint of Joined at the Hops, the Butcombe beer brewed specially for Bristol Food Connections 2019

Bristol Food Connections festival beer – Joined at the Hops by Butcombe

Bristol Food Connections and festival sponsor Butcombe have teamed up to create a special new beer for the 2019 food festival.

Joined at the Hops is a 3.8% hoppy, session pale ale – a dry hopped beer with a creamy head and extra flavour. It’s light amber in colour and made using Challenger, WGV and Fuggles hops, giving a spicy, well-balanced flavour. Maris Otter adds a nice maltiness to the beer. Quite simply it is the perfect beer for the summer – light, hoppy and refreshing!

Back in February, we launched a competition to name the beer, and Rose Marsh was the winner. Rose joined Bristol Food Connections at Colston Hall to pull the very first pint of Joined at the Hops

Competition winner Rose Marsh pulled the first pint of Joined at the Hops, the Butcombe beer brewed specially for Bristol Food Connections 2019.
Rose pictured with Ollie Fleming from Butcombe and Claire Weston from Colston Hall

“Genuinely delighted to support people’s love of food in this fab city,” she said. “Please buy lots, I can confirm it’s delicious! Very drinkable.”

Ten pence of every pint sold is being donated to Bristol Food Connections, meaning that bars and restaurants can get behind Food Connections by putting this cask ale on tap to create and support community events for the festival. Available from now until September this unique partnership is a first for Butcombe and the community food festival.

Bristol Food Connections is in its 5th year and takes place from 12th– 23rdJune in venues across the city.  With a central hub in Colston Hall from 13th– 17thJune there are over 120 events from pop-up suppers and chef demonstrations to cookery clubs and food trails.

Tim Hubert, Managing Director of Butcombe Brewery, said: “Partnering with Food Connections is the perfect fit for us, we are delighted to be supporting the festival. Great food and drink go hand in hand. Showing our support of the great food and drink producers, restaurants, bubbling food scene is something we want to celebrate. We’re really excited for the festival and can’t wait to launch our beer!”

Claire Peeters, Chief Executive of Bristol Food Connections said: “We were thrilled when Butcombe came on-board as a sponsor this year but to also have our own beer is fantastic.  We’re calling for as many bars, restaurants and pubs across the city and beyond stock it over the summer – so if your establishment is keen, please do get in touch. Not only is it a great beer it is a fantastic way to help support our unique Bristol festival.  Cheers to that!”

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