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Brews n Twos: new Hitchin venture launches two beers

PUBLISHED: 09:10 24 April 2018

The beers are available in Hitchin and Letchworth

The beers are available in Hitchin and Letchworth

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A pair of ambulance workers have poured their passion for ale into a new Hitchin venture

Two paramedics have joined forces to make Hitchin’s first commercially brewed beer in more than a century. Carl Paddison and Nick Phillips, who both work for London Ambulance Service, established Brews n Twos at the end of last year and have launched their first two ales at Beer Shop Hitchin.

We started brewing at UBREW (an open brewery) in London,’ Carl explains, ‘then set up a 100-litre three-tun system in my outhouse in Hitchin.’

Their Rye IPA is a winter warmer. The rye gives it a lovely dark hue and earthy taste. While the Citra Pale Ale uses citra hops to give it a light colour and zesty character.

‘The reception has been amazing,’ says Toby Murray, supervisor at Beer Shop Hitchin, since the beers’ launch in February. ‘People love local independent businesses – the Rye IPA on tap lasted about 12 hours!’

There are plans for more Brews n Twos beers later this year, including a black IPA, but for now the pair are thrilled with the response.

‘Our beers are a mixture of new and old recipes, traditionally brewed – no fancy machinery, hand-crafted real ale in a bottle,’ explains Phillips.

Paddison adds that expansion could be on the cards: ‘In the next 12 months we may have to put the stethoscopes down and pick up the mash paddle, finding a bigger plot in Hitchin with Brews n Twos in bright blue neon lights!’

The Rye IPA and Citra Pale Ale are available by the bottle to take home for £2.55 at Beer Shop Hitchin and Craft’s Beer Shop in Letchworth or can be bought by the glass at Beer Shop Hitchin.

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