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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Millom brewer bangs drum for Britain in Canada

AN award winning craft brewer has spent the week in Canada banging the drum for British beer and learning more about the art of brewing abroad.

Dave Bailey
Dave Bailey has visited Canada to promote British beer.

Dave Bailey, who runs Hardknott Brewery in Millom with his partner Ann Wedgwood, has been at the Mondial de la biere in Montreal, which ran from June 10 to June 11, as part of a busy week in the country.

He joined nine other beer experts from around the world to taste and judge up to 100 beers over two days.

Mr Bailey was invited to give a talk to several groups of attendees about the British craft beer scene as well as giving a masterclass on how to taste beer to a Canadian TV station.

Award winning brewery Hardknott, which is based at the Devonshire Road Trading Estate, has developed a reputation as an experimental brewer, with its products on sale around the world.

An enthusiastic member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, Mr Bailey said the trip was about much more than promoting his own beers to the Canadians.

He said: “The explosion of craft beers in the UK, which has inevitably been driven by the craft beer revolution in Northern America, is something to be celebrated by the British beer drinker.

“In turn Hardknott has to keep abreast of developments in not only the British craft beer scene but worldwide. If British beer had remained stubbornly inward looking and held tight to British brewing traditions craft brewing would not have blossomed in the UK.

“I take my influence from beers from all over the world. Travelling to different countries to see how the trends are developing helps broaden my knowledge of the different roles beer can play in how people socialise.

“It is essential to learn about the different ways beer can be matched with food or how different styles can be developed and fused into hybrids to smash preconceptions.

“Travel also broadens my knowledge of beer writing abroad and how this can influence what we do over here. I am certainly hoping to get some inspiration for my own blogging while I am in Canada.”

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