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Here’s to taking the road less travelled.

Another of America’s favourite beers is on its way to the UK we are thrilled to announce Connecticut-based Two Roads Brewing Co as the latest addition to our Core Beer portfolio.

Two Roads Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by four friends - Brad Hittle, Phil Markowski, Clement Pellani and Peter Doering - who for years had dreamed of starting their own craft brewery.

Each had taken a different path in their careers thus far, but all now shared a unified vision and fostered a “road less travelled” philosophy for the beers they wanted to create and how they wanted to brew them.

Already an award-winning brewmaster and a brewing veteran with nearly three decades experience to draw upon, Phil Markowski was tasked with creating the lineup that would take a unique twist on the classic beer styles of India Pale Ale, Pilsners, Hefeweisse and stouts.

More than just a fantastic brewer (as if that wasn't enough!), Phil is credited with being one of the early influencers in the craft beer industry in the US. He's considered quite a scholar of brewing and an authority, who has also authored a book, “Farmhouse Ales”, which is a "go-to" for any enthusiast looking for information about the saison and biere de garde brewing styles. Phil can also cite a contribution to the Oxford Companion to Beer, Zymurgy, The New Brewer, American Brewer, Brewing Techniques and All About Beer magazine.

You can read more about Phil's career in brewing in this great article on

“Two Roads isn’t just the logo on our brewery building, it’s our philosophy.” say the founders, “Life always seems to offer up two ways to go: it just so happens, we prefer the one less taken and having some fun along the way – in our lives, our careers and especially for our beers!”

The initial line-up from Two Roads brewing offers four brilliant beers available in cans, bottles and on draught:

Ol’ Factory Pils (5% Abv) is a continental pilsner that boasts lemony notes. Brewed with a combination of classic German and American hops and malts, along with being dry hopped, it's a pilsner with plenty of punch.

Lil’ Heaven (4.8% Abv) is a session IPA with an abundance of tropical fruit flavourss, specifically passion fruit, grapefruit and apricots, thanks to the four exotic hops in the recipe - Azacca, Calypso, Mosaic and Equinox.

Worker’s Comp (4.8% Abv) is an intensely fruity saison with the yeast strain contributing to a myriad of tropical fruit aromas and spice flavours – complex, distinctive and a great example of the Saison style.

To complete the set is Honeyspot Road (6% Abv), an IPA that uses wheat as the dominant malt backbone to accentuate the citrusy Pacific Northwest hop character. Unfiltered, it's a naturally cloudy beer that definitely imbodies the 'road less travelled' attitude!

Matthew Eyre, Head of Sales at James Clay: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring Two Roads selection of craft beers to the UK and further expand our US craft brewery offering. Even though Two Roads are a relatively new brewery, only establishing in 2012, the quality of their beers is borne from a hugely experienced team and we firmly believe Two Roads are destined to become a world classic brewery in the future.”

The Two Roads range of beers launched in the UK on American Independence Day with events in Leeds and London, with all four beers being made available for full release commencing August 1st.

*Worker's Comp available in bottle and keg; Li'l Heaven available in cans and keg.

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