Tuesday 22 September 2015
A special beer brewed to celebrate a golden year in the Chilterns has been launched today.
This year both The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Chiltern Society are celebrating 50 glorious years of helping to protect the tranquil landscape of the beautiful Chiltern Hills.
The Society and the Chilterns Conservation Board approached the Chiltern Brewery in the spring and invited them to brew a special draught ale to commemorate these landmark anniversaries. The resulting product, Chiltern Double Fifty, named by Larry Griffiths, a member of the public in a free naming competition, is an autumn dark amber ale 4.2% vol with smooth roast malt and citrus aromas. It is being launched in style in The Gatehouse Chamber at The Chiltern Brewery’s tap, The King’s Head Aylesbury, on Tuesday 22nd September.
Chiltern Double Fifty will be widely available in pubs across the local region as well as the Chiltern Brewery Shop at Terrick and 5p from every pint sold will be donated to the AONB and the Society.
“It’s definitely Double Fifty not out” says our Head Brewer Tom Jenkinson. “We want these fantastic organisations to be around for as long as possible to help protect our wonderful rural landscape. The Chiltern Hills have been a huge inspiration for us and it’s great to be able to give something in return.”
The Chiltern Hills have long been one of one of England’s most beautiful landscapes and in 1965 this was officially recognised when 309 square miles of the Chilterns were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“The Chilterns have some wonderful local products and creating a special anniversary beer with the Chiltern Society and with The Chiltern Brewery, the oldest independent brewery in the area and itself celebrating 35 years this year, seems a very fitting way to mark this golden year for the Chiltern Hills. It’s certainly a ‘refreshing’ way to engage with the public at a time when our local countryside faces increased pressure” said Claire Forrest from the Board.
The Chiltern Society is the only registered charity dedicated to conserving and caring for the Chilterns’ unique landscape. It has 7,000 members and 500 volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the Chilterns for the benefit of all. Over the last 50 years it has contributed 163,000 hours of volunteering, acquired and improved 12 important nature reserves and heritage sites and maintained over 7,000 miles of footpaths and cycle ways.
The ethos of the Chiltern Brewery is to brew natural, wholesome beers using 100% British ingredients - the best Class A malt and hops with great provenance and to mirror age old brewing methods. Chiltern Double Fifty uses Goldings, Fuggles and Cascade hops, Maris Otter malt, Crystal and roast barley for a truly ‘special’ anniversary brew.
Visit the Chiltern Brewery website to find out where you can get Chiltern Double Fifty. It is being sold in the Chiltern Brewery shop, at the Farmers Bar in the King's Head in Aylesbury and a number of pubs in the Chilterns area. Pubs selling the beer as at 28.09.15 are: