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Royal Institute of Brewing Architects

Recession making you thirsty? Never fear, the Redundant Architects Recreation Society (RARA) has launched a new beer brewed solely by unemployed architects

Dubbed RARA Ale, the refreshing dark brown liquid with a hint of caramel was officially launched last week at meeting of RIBA council in London.

The first batch of fifty bottles was brewed at the RARA headquarters in Clapton which was set up by East London Design Bureau as a flexible project work space for out-of-work architects during the recession.

RIBA president elect Angela Brady donated £20 in exchange for a bottle while RIBA council members including Chris Hampson, Sydney Chapman, Nick Willson and Elena Tsolakis gathered in the bar where they ‘enjoyed’ the bottled brew at a more affordable £5 a go.  

However a £3.50 version is about to hit London’s bars. According to RIBA council student representative Alex Whitby Scott, a number of venues across the capital have expressed an interest in stocking the beer including: Tate Modern, the Royal Society of Arts and several Clerkenwell pubs.

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