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First up... This week our mates up the road Green Duck are launching their new can & keg range and we have exclusive first pours at The Hop Vault from Thursday. We'll have the entire range of can and keg beer available for you to try until Sunday and on Thursday night the guys from Green Duck will be coming down to hang out, chat and answer your questions. So come down and support your local brewery! Right, this week's collaboration watch is a big one: If you haven't got on the Northern Monk x Smug Patrons Project hype train...

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Ho Ho Ho... It's Christmas mate.  First up... Advent calendars! We know, it's early, but we've had so many people ask about them that we thought it was best to just open up orders.

We're doing things a little different this year, we're not doing an entry level "Basic" calendar this year, it wasn't a very popular option and we kinda feel like it doesn't really deliver the kind of experience we're aiming to offer. This year we'll be offering our premium and luxury calendars as usual but we'll be doing a new "Bougie As Fuck" calendar; it'll be fancy and full...

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Events, New Beer -

Well, some of it at least... We have three of the official Munich Oktoberfest beers available in bottle from today - Augustiner, Hacker-Pshorr and Paulaner. The other three are due, but there's been what was described to us as a "hold up". We have no idea what that means or how long they will take to be... put down(?!?), so watch this space they should be arriving soon! As well as the German Festbiers there's a few UK breweries attempting to get in on the action with festbiers or other German style lager releases from Deya, Lost & Grounded, Cloudwater and...

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Events, New Beer -

Oktoberfest is coming to The Hop Vault!  But first a collab-a-trois...  First up, news that may have got us almost as excited as last week's Glasshouse x Nothing Bound collaboration and very similarly excited as the previous week's Deya x Nothing Bound collaboration - a Glasshouse x Deya collaboration! A 5% Pale ale using a brand new hop, Necteron. The collab love triangle is complete! We've restocked the Glasshouse x Nothing Bound beer and we still have a few of the Deya x Nothing Bound cans left so if you're quick you can try them all side by side. If...

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Origin Stories -

In what may become a regular feature we give you a contribution from one of our regular customers. Nick tells us about the beer that started it all for him. Some years (more than 5, fewer than 10…) ago I organised one of Mr Hop Vault’s stag parties, the central details which are extremely geeky and which do not bear repeating here. As part of MHV’s special weekend I thought it would be fun to sort out an IPA tasting session, MHV being ahead of the game in all things that were hipster and beardy even then, and drinking being...

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