New Leighton brewery restores church’s faith in drinking beer!

Amber and Jon d'Este-Hoare and Deputy Mayor David Bowater at the opening of Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co.

Amber and Jon d'Este-Hoare and Deputy Mayor David Bowater at the opening of Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co.

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When someone messes up it’s sometimes said they “couldn’t organise a p***-up in a brewery”. But Leighton Buzzard brewer Jon d’Este-Hoare can’t be accused of that!

Jon has launched a new venture, Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co, on the Harmill Industrial Estate in Grovebury Road.

Canon Grant Fellows, Terry Warburton and Jon d'este-Hoare.
Canon Grant Fellows, Terry Warburton and Jon d'este-Hoare.

And his ale was hailed by guests he invited to a very well organised drinking session at his micro brewery last week.

They included Leighton’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Bowater, and beer experts from local branches of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).

Plentiful supplies of the company’s three main ales – Restoration Ale (Best Bitter 4.6% ABV), Rebel Yell (Black IPA 5.5%ABV) and Narrow Gauge (Golden Ale 3.9% ABV), named after Leighton’s narrow gauge railway – were available for tasting.

At least a dozen pubs and clubs in Beds, Herts and Bucks are already selling their beer.

For each cask of Restoration Ale sold, £1 will be donated to the All Saints Leighton Buzzard Preservation Trust.

Appeal director Terry Warburton said: “For over 1,000 years England’s parish churches have been associated with local beers and it seems entirely appropriate that we should link with Leighton’s newest brewery.”

Rector of All Saints, Canon Grant Fellows, told the LBO: “Every donation we receive helps us to maintain this fine church building and it’s good to know we’re helping to promote a local business at the same time.”

Visit www.leightonbuzzardbrewing.co.uk or follow on Twitter @LB_Beer

 

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