How swans played their part in Hogs Back Brewery's Friday 13th honey beer

PUBLISHED: 17:12 31 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:40 13 February 2015

Hogs Back Brewery's Friday 13th honey beer

Hogs Back Brewery's Friday 13th honey beer

They say that Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, and so it proved for six swans flying over Tongham on Friday October 13, 1995, as they crashed into the main power supply of the Hogs Back Brewery.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2011


The resulting power cut, which came at a critical time in the brewing process, meant that in order to recover the brew, staff had to desperately add honey to ferment the beer.

Ever since that fatal day, the Friday 13th honey brew has continued to be produced whenever the date appears on the calendar – only once this year – and is available throughout Surrey in many pubs from early May.

Meanwhile, to commemorate the royal wedding, the brewery also created Royal T.E.A – a stronger version of its award-winning cousin, T.E.A – and samples have been sent to Buckingham Palace, along with the pub pump clip graphic in a presentation frame with the compliments of the brewery.

  • Hogs Back Brewery, Manor Farm, The Street, Tongham, Surrey GU10 1DE Tel: 01252 784495 /



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