Chiltern Double Fifty

  |  Published: Sep 23rd 2015
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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.

We were delighted to be approached by both organisations jointly and invited to brew a special draught ale to commemorate these landmark anniversaries. The resulting beer, 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 complex and rich 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 to highlight the important roles The Chilterns AONB and The Chiltern Society have played in shaping and preserving the landscape of our region.

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 societies.

“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. Working and living in The Chiltern Hills is a very important part of the Brewery and those who work here.  It is this foundational aspect which lends its style and character to our beers as well as being a huge inspiration for us.  It’s great as well 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. AONB’s belong to the same family as National Parks representing some of the finest landscapes in the UK. The Chilterns Conservation Board is the public body responsible for promoting and conserving the Chilterns AONB and is delighted to be working with their close partner The Chiltern Society to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the AONB and the Society this year.

“The Chilterns have some wonderful local products and creating a special anniversary beer 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 a society spokesperson.

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 Chiltern Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in the area. From the very start our ethos at The Chiltern Brewery has been 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.

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