The popular idiom to describe an incompetent person states that they couldn’t organise a party at a brewery. The actual word isn’t ‘party’ but you get the idea.
But, if it’s a party at a brewery that you’re after then the owners of Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham, Surrey, have got the next few months sorted with their packed programme of events to keep their customers coming back for more.
So, whether you’re into sport, music, celebrating special occasions or just catching up with friends over a beer or two, it’s all going to be happening at the brewery’s recently refurbished Tap bar.
For sports fans, the Tap is screening Six Nations matches from now through to the final in March; customers can book a table to enjoy the action with a pint of England’s Glory, a golden ale brewed specially for the tournament.
The screening of forthcoming sporting events includes the Grand National in April and there are plans to cover the Wimbledon tournament in the summer.
The Tap will also be celebrating Mother’s Day and St George’s Day with special menus, while the Hogs Back charity quiz continues on the first Thursday of the month, with the next event on 3 March in aid of the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.
Music lovers will enjoy the regular live performances at the Tap. Local band Peach & the Prairie Dogs will be putting on a set of Americana-inspired covers and originals on 26 March, while JC & Angelina Grimshaw perform their acoustic blues on 1 April and three-piece cover band Bloomfield Avenue are set to take centre stage on 29 April.
The Tap serves a wide selection of Hogs Back freshly-brewed draught beers, including TEA, Hogstar lager, Surrey Nirvana, and Hog IPA, which can all be ordered in Snorters – glass flagons holding 3 ½ pints, ideal for sharing with friends. Non-beer drinkers are also catered for with a wine list and selection of locally distilled gins and there’s also a good range of soft drinks.
Home-made food and snacks prepared by Hogs Back’s full-time chef include the popular stone-baked pizzas, sharing platters and a selection of tasty dishes on a seasonally changing menu. All food is freshly prepared from ingredients sourced within a 30-mile radius of the brewery wherever possible.
Commenting on the extensive line-up of forthcoming events, Rupert Thompson, Hogs Back Brewery’s managing director, said: “We completed our refurbishment of the Tap just in time for the festive season and are delighted with response from our local community – 150 people joined us for our HOG-Manay celebrations and close to 100 for Burns Night.
“These fantastic events demonstrated that there is a real appetite locally for great beer, food and entertainment under one roof, so we’re looking forward to building an exciting programme of activity for 2022 and welcoming existing Hogs Back drinkers and new visitors to the Tap.”