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Kew brews up its own beer range
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens was made a World Heritage site last July
Kew Gardens is to brew and sell its own beer, using hops grown on the site in south-west London.

Appointed a World Heritage site last summer, the Royal Botanic Gardens has started producing jam and other goods.

Now "Kew Brew" will be sold in a local pub and restaurants in Kew Gardens and will help fund the site's world-renowned science and conservation work.

It follows a brewing exhibition at Kew last year which included a field of barley and one of hops.

The harvested hops were then used to produce 15,000 bottles of beer, which will go on sale from 2 May.

Kew spokeswoman Jill Preston said the beer was the latest in a line of Kew products including jam and chutney.

She added: "However, this has the magic touch of ingredients actually grown here."

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