Hitchin honey beer brews up a winner

Ewan Macdougall (far right) with actor Neil Morrisey at the BBC's One Show Brew-Off

Ewan Macdougall (far right) with actor Neil Morrisey at the BBC's One Show Brew-Off - Credit: Archant

A former Hitchin Boys’ School pupil got a fine tipple as a wedding present, when his amateur brewer uncle created three new beers for his big day.

Ross Macdougall at his wedding having had Hitchin Honey Beer brewed specially for him

Ross Macdougall at his wedding having had Hitchin Honey Beer brewed specially for him - Credit: Archant

Groom Ross Macdougall said: “I knew my uncle Ewan was planning something. He brewed three beers called Ross’s Ruin, Trouble and Strife, and Wedding Daze. “To have a Hitchin link to the wedding with Hitchin honey for Wedding Daze was a lovely personal touch – and well-received by everyone.”

Ross’ dad John Macdougall, an apiarist at Hitchin’s community bee garden Buzzworks, supplied Ewan Watson with honey to flavour his brews.

Brewer Ewan said: “We decided to add Hitchin honey to Wedding Daze.

“It was great to see my beers didn’t go down too badly with everyone at the wedding. The BBC’s One Show did a piece on my beer after we entered their competition on home-brewed beer. It was unusual to see myself on TV but I think my wife and family enjoyed it.

Ross Macdougall

Ross Macdougall - Credit: Archant


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“The actor Neil Morrisey was a judge on the show and called it ‘a bobby dazzler’.

“I might see if I can get it into the next Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival.”

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