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Crawley pub crowned pub of the year

The Swan landlord is presented with Campaign for Real Ale's Pub of the Year award. JPCO

The Swan landlord is presented with Campaign for Real Ale's Pub of the Year award. JPCO

A CRAWLEY pub has been crowned pub of the year by the Campaign for Real Ale group during a festival which promoted mild beers.

Pub landlord Robert Brindley, from The Swan in West Green, promoted ten different types of mild beer at the beer festival which ran from May 10 - 13.

On Saturday (May 12) the North Sussex branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) held its Mild Day where Gary Lucas from Kissingate Brewery, in Lower Beeding, held a talk about mild ale.

During the event Allen Bartram, chair of CAMRA, presented Robert with the North Sussex Branch Pub of the Year shield.

A spokesman for the North Sussex branch of the Campaign for Real Ale said: “Rob is very supportive of CAMRA aims and actively supports the organisation having ‘LocAle’ beers on at all times.

“There were two milds from Kissingate, Mary’s Ruby Mild at a high ABV of 6.5 per cent and a new brew, a very light mild called Gardenia at 4.5 per cent.

“There were also milds from W J King, Dark Star, Hepworth, Nelson, West Berks, Milestone, Notts and Burton Bridge. Needless to say all were served in top condition as is usual at The Swan.

“The day was seen to be very successful and well attended. Rob has expressed his desire to stage the next Mild Day at The Swan. ”

The Swan was the first pub to sell Kissingate beers when they started brewing back in April 2010.

 

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