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April 1, 2010 - If you cannot read this email, follow the link - 628 Active subscribers    
/***Please note this first part was a very successful April Fools joke.  ***/
Lovibonds Expansion Update    
     
If you've been following local brewing news, you will know that the Berkshire Brewery in Reading is closing its doors today after 20 odd years of production.  This may not be good news for those that work there, but it has turned into a bit of a blessing for Lovibonds. 

Lovibonds put in a bid for the brewing equipment to help meet our growing demand and to our surprise we won it!  The brewhouse is super efficient (read German) and designed to kick out 6,000,000 hectolitres (600,000,000 litres) of beer annually.  Our hope is that this will cover our forecasted demand for the next 3 to 4 years.  Only time will tell.

 
    Click to check out more pictures of our new brewhouse!
Raymond Blanc's Golden Secret    
     
The art and craft of making bread is very similar to that of making beer and on Tuesday night Raymond Blanc gave up some of his bread making secrets on his BBC Kitchen Secrets programme.

Raymond has been serving our Henley Dark and Henley Gold for over a year now at the nearby Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons.  But what most people don't know is that Raymond buys a lot of our Henley Gold for making some of the great bread there.  On Tuesday night we got to see him make Beer Rolls with Henley Gold!

 
    Yes, that is a bottle of Henley Gold!!!
     
The Lovibonds Hop Cooperative and Hop Watch 2010    
     
Well it is that time of year when mother nature comes alive again.  We'll be tracking the progress of the Lovibonds Hop Yard again this year, with pictures posted out in this facebook album.

For those that are interested in joining the Lovibonds Hop Cooperative and growing hops of your own, we'll be giving out free rhizomes this Saturday (3rd April) on a first come, first served basis.  What you need is a sunny and well drained area of your garden, with a wall, fence or other structure to allow for 20 or so feet of climbing. 

The idea is that you look after the plant and then bring the mature plant down to us in early September (date tbc) and take part in our annual Fresh Hop Harvest and Brew Day.  Here are some pictures from last years Harvest day.

 
    New hop shoots starting to break through.
London Calling    
     
Being so close to one of the biggest beer markets in Britain, it has always been on the cards for us to start selling some beer there.  We've partnered with our friends at Utobeer who distribute some of the best beers on the planet.  If you're in the big smoke, you can check out their stall in Borough Market and while you are there, check out The Rake, one of the best beer bars in London.  Both are currently featuring Lovibonds beer, including some of our one off specials.

Stay tuned for more London news soon!

 
    The Rake, you have to check this place out!
Easter Hours    
     
We hope you and your families have a great Easter and mid term break. 

Good Friday - 15:00-20:00

Saturday - 11:00-17:00

Easter Sunday - CLOSED

     
That's all for now.  Hope to see you soon!    
     
Jeff    
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