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The UK’s current CAMRA supreme champion ales, Hop Back Brewery’s Entire Stout and Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale, gave customers a unique way of celebrating the summer solstice when both were available together at pubs in the breweries’ heartlands in June. The themed pairing invited drinkers to enjoy the passing of the seasons, the bounty of summer and the darkness of a winter’s night, with Harvest Pale, CAMRA’s supreme beer of Britain 2010, and Hop Back’s Entire Stout, which holds the UK’s 2011 supreme champion winter beer award.

Amie McFarlane serves the perfect pair of ales at Castle Rock’s Vat and Fiddle.

Hop Back made Harvest Pale available to their ten pubs and the free trade in Salisbury, around Wiltshire and from Devon to Berkshire, and Entire Stout joined the ales at Castle Rock’s pubs in the East Midlands and Yorkshire.

Castle Rock’s Colin Wilde, asks what better way is there to celebrate the summer solstice than with a couple of completely different, but decidedly delicious, real ale award winners? “Entire Stout is rich and dark, our Harvest Pale is aromatic and pale, each unique in their own way and each an example of perfection in the English brewers’ art.”

Liz Wright at Hop Back Brewery says, “We’ve a strong affiliation with the people at Castle Rock, and our beers have always been popular within their estate. When Entire Stout took top honours as CAMRA’s supreme winter champion, we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to work with another CAMRA champion. We brew the stout all year round and so we felt the Summer Solstice would be the ideal time to combine the two.”

Harvest Pale and Entire Stout are available together in the pubs and bars on mid summer’s day and throughout June and early July.

Neil Baldwin doing the honours at the Lincolnshire Poacher.