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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Women celebrate by taking over the brewing

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Four women from North London are taking over the brewing for a day at Highgate's London Brewing Company to produce a celebration brew.

Christine Cryne, Publicity Officer and one of the four women involved, said 'More women than ever are trying real ale. Recent research showed that 34% of women have sampled it, which has more than doubled in three years. Brewing used to be done by the women and they were known as Brewsters, which is what our licensing sessions are named after. And this year is CAMRA North London Branch's 40th birthday so we thought it would be great fun to produce a beer to celebrate our birthday'.

Christine then added 'The brewing will be done under the watchful eye of the London Brewing Company, head brewer, Jenna Dunseath. So five women in all! We are really all looking forward to it but we know that there will be a lot of lifting and it will be several weeks before the beer will be ready to try'.

Jenna, who came up with the recipe for the beer, has made it everything 'foury'. It will have four malts, four hops and will have an original gravity of 1040 - all to celebrate the birthday. But currently, the beer has no name and so the Bull in Highgate, where the brewery is based, is running a competition in the pub to name the beer. The winner will get two free tickets to the London Drinker Beer Festival, a souvenir glasses and a free pint. The beer will be on sale at the Festival and the pub. To enter the competition to name the beer, people need to visit the pub and fill in the competition slip.

The brewing will take place during the day on Tuesday 18th February. Photographers are welcome.

For further details: contact Christine Cryne 07932 736 827; moc.tenretnitb@enyrc.c; or Dan Fox 020 8341 0510; moc.gniwerbnodnol@nad

Extra Facts ● The London Brewing Company is one of the new microbrewers (now numbering over 50) that have set up in London in the last few years. It is based at the Bull, 13 North Hill, Highgate N6 4AB;

● After several years of running the White Horse at Parsons Green, Dan Fox took on the Bull in North Hill, Highgate in August 2011. As part of the refurbishment, Dan decided to include a microbrewery, just a 2.5 barrel plant, and the London Brewing Company was born.

● The four amateur brewsters all live in North London and besides Christine, include Catherine Tonry, the London Drinker Beer Festival Organiser. The other two women were chosen through a competition to name the cat on the front of the bus on this year's Festival logo.

● The Festival has been running for 30 years and around 50% of the beer will be from London brewers of which the London Brewery Company is one. The Festival is open 12th -14th March at the Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, WC1H 9AU. See

● The Festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers of all ages.

● More details on the Festival can be found at

● Research in the summer of 2013 showed that Women trying real ale have grown from 14% to 34% in last three years.

● CAMRA is the Campaign for Real Ale and is a volunteer membership organisation of over 150,000 members with around 180 branches throughout the UK. 22% of CAMRA's membership is female

● CAMRA nationally was formed in 1971.