Hogs Back Brewery
Key people
  • Rupert Thompson (Chairman)
  • Miles Chesterman (Brewer)
WebsiteOfficial website

Hogs Back Brewery is a hops-growing brewery in Tongham, United Kingdom. In 2013, Miles Chesterman was the head brewer and Rupert Thompson was the chairman.[1]

In June 2014, Magners released their Cider Hog, a "portable cider dispenser" with a name and graphics similar to Hogs Back's own Hazy Hog cider, released 15 months prior. Concerned about trademark infringement, Hogs Back communicated with Magners for six months without an acceptable resolution, and so in February 2015 the Tongham brewery initiated legal action against the larger company. C&C Group disputer Hogs Back's claims.[2]

In 2018, the hops garden was expanded to 8.5 acres (3.4 ha), with the new land growing Fuggle, Cascade, and Goldings. The following year, Hogs Back Brewery was expected to spend GB£350,000 (equivalent to £355,211 in 2020) on a traditional oast house (the first built in the UK in over 100 years). This new kiln was to be built adjacent to the brewhouse and one furlong (660 ft; 200 m) from the hops garden; it was expected to be operational before the Hogs Back's harvest in September 2019. During the eleven months the kiln isn't drying hops, it will be "an event space and visitor centre, educating people about the local hop farming industry which Hogs Back is helping to revive."[3]


Name Type Date ABV Citation(s)
Traditional English Ale Ale 4.2% [4]
Hazy Hog Cider March 2013 [2]
Hogstar Lager December 2013 4.5% [1]
Montezuma's Chocolate Lager 2014 4.5% [5]

Premiering in 2013, the Hogstar lager was fermented longer than contemporary lagers, resulting in what Hogs Back called "the traditional way to round out and balance 'lager' beers. Carbonation develops naturally and we do not pasteurise." This new unpasteurised British lager hoped to succeed on the coattails of Pilsner Urquell, a Londoner lager that helped Plzeňský Prazdroj, a. s. grow 17% in the first half of 2013. Hogstar's initial list price was £1.85 (equivalent to £2.17 in 2020).[1]

In partnership with Montezuma's, a chocolate lager was released in 2014. Though the reviewers with All About Beer called the bronze beer a novelty, the chocolate flavor was described as surprisingly good on its own merits.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Young, Andy (3 December 2013). "Hogs Back Brewery Launches English Craft Lager". The Drinks Business. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2019. Surrey-based brewer Hogs Back has launched a unpasteurised English craft lager, which has been developed using local ingredients and after testing in local pubs.
  2. ^ a b "Hogs Back Brewery in trademark legal row with Magners". BBC News. 25 February 2015. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  3. ^ Crowell, Chris (10 January 2019). "Watch: The U.K.'s Hogs Back Brewery builds a cool new hop kiln". Craft Brewing Business. Archived from the original on 4 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ "New design for Hogs Back Brewery TEA". Imbibe. 26 June 2017. Archived from the original on 4 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  5. ^ a b Protz, Roger (22 November 2014). "Hogs Back Brewery's Montezuma's Chocolate Lager". All About Beer. ISSN 0277-5743. Archived from the original on 4 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.