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Pop-up pub with 230 US craft beers lands in the UK - Dani Dyer pulls the first pint!

Dani Dyer with pint at The Joint Venture
Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines open pub serving 230 craft beers sourced from the US destinations the airlines’ fly to 
Love Island winner and nation’s sweetheart Dani Dyer has gone back to her roots and pulled the first pint at a pop-up pub The Joint Venture. The former barmaid, fresh from her Love Island win, swung by the pub which is offering 230 US craft beers to serve a couple of pints to customers.

Celebrating the rise in popularity of craft beer, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines have opened The Joint Venture pub on New Oxford Street, Holborn, bringing people together to enjoy a taste of the 200-plus US destinations that UK travellers can fly to with Virgin Atlantic and Delta.  

Dani commented ‘After the craziness of Love Island, it’s nice to get back to normality behind the bar. I’m a huge beer fan and have loved trying these new ones from the USA.’  

From Siren Blonde Ale in Memphis to Modern Times in San Diego and Pick Axe Porter in Anchorage, the pop up pub lands in London today and is open until 19th August. Originally The Old Crown Public House, the venue has now turned into The Joint Venture where the American craft beer scene meets the traditional English pub vibe complete with a beer wall installation. Open to all from noon until 1am, unique and local beers from all over the US will be available from £4. There will also be themed nights celebrating US culture plus a pub quiz with flights up for grabs.  

Claire Cronin, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Virgin Atlantic commented: “What better way to bring people together than over a beer, or better still, 230 beers! The Joint Venture will bring a taste of the US to London and through the ever-popular US craft beer scene, show the variety of destinations that UK travellers can fly to with Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines.”  

Corneel Koster, Delta’s Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India said: “Delta and Virgin Atlantic are both renowned for their hospitality and The Joint Venture enables us to bring this from the air to the ground so come down and enjoy this truly special trans-Atlantic pub experience.”  

Here’s a flavour of some of the beers available at The Joint Venture:
  Seattle: Ruben's Brew Pilsner (5.4% ABV)
Reubens Brew is a family affair based in Seattle. In just a couple of years, Grace Kim and Adam Robbings graduated from homebrewing newbies to brewmaster and co-owner of one of Seattle’s most loved breweries: Reuben’s Brews, which was named after the couple’s son. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won awards for its beers around the world including at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the US Open and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards.  

New York: Six Point Brewing Sweet Action (5.0% ABV)
Sixpoint Brewery was founded 2004, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. It started as a draft-only brewery before moving on to release canned creations in 2010. The company's motto is Beer is Culture, a play on the cultural significance of beer and brewing, as well as the point that yeast is, in fact, a culture.  

Atlanta: SweetWater Brewing 420 Pale Ale (5.7% ABV)
A tasty West Coast-style Extra Pale Ale with a good hop feel to it and a crisp finish. First brewed on 20th April 1997 this beer has developed quite the following.   

Miami: Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA (7.5% ABV)
Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph. Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game”. The India Pale Ale-style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century.  

Boston: Spencer Brewing Trappist Ale (6.5% ABV)
Brewed by the Trappist monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, the Spencer Brewery is one of only 10 Trappist breweries in the world, and the first in the Americas. Launched in early 2014, the beer has been well received by both connoisseurs and occasional beer drinkers.

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