Jon’s flying the flag for brewery as he joins Bedfordshire’s party!

Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company's Jon d'Este-Hoare PNL-140613-161339001
Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company's Jon d'Este-Hoare PNL-140613-161339001

The Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company will be launching a special beer to celebrate the first official Bedfordshire Day on November 28.

Bedfordshire Best will be a classic best bitter brewed with the finest Maris Otter brewing barley and English hops.

The beer is being brewed after a request from the Friends of Bedfordshire Society earlier in the year who thought a celebratory beer would be a great way of marking the occasion.

Jon d’Este-Hoare, brewer and owner of the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company, was only too pleased to oblige.

He said: “The brewery has a core range of four beers, covering a variety of beer styles and strengths, but I love creating new beers, and landlords always like something different so this seemed the perfect excuse to create a new brew.”

Luke Blackstaffe, of the Friends of Bedfordshire Society, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Leighton Buzzard Brewery to celebrate Bedfordshire Day.

“We contacted all the breweries across the county, but Leighton Buzzard was the only one to progress the idea.

“Finding out that the brewery had recently been awarded the title of Best Microbrewery in Bedfordshire makes its involvement seem very appropriate and we are really pleased to have Jon’s support with the day.”

Bedfordshire Best will be launched on Bedfordshire Day itself at a special day of celebration at brewery’s base on Harmill Industrial Estate, Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard. The brewery will be open to visitors from 10am until 6pm who can enjoy the beer along with others from the brewery.

When visitors get hungry they will also be able to enjoy a traditional Bedfordshire Clanger made by The Little Buzzard Bakery of Leighton.

Steve Lowe, baker at the local artisan producer, said: “We have been looking to develop a Clanger - with a delicious mix of sweet and savoury fillings - for a 
number of years now, and we’re excited to serve the good people of Bedfordshire and Leighton Buzzard with this historical bake.”

Celebrations will be taking place across Bedfordshire on the day, which is also the anniversary of the birth of the county’s most famous son, John Bunyan, author of A Pilgrim’s Progress.

Flags will be flown across the county to show support for the celebration. All three of the main authorities in Bedfordshire have agreed to take part by flying the Bedfordshire flag, as have many town and parish councils, businesses and individuals.

Pubs selling Bedfordshire Best:

Bald Buzzard – Leighton

Axe & Compass – Heath & Reach

Black Horse – Luton

Globe – Dunstable

Albion – Ampthill

Brewery Tap – Shefford

Wellington – Bedford

Fox – Chalton

Sun – Felmersham

Cross Keys – Cranfield

White Hart – Campton

Engineers Arms – Henlow

Old Hunters Lodge – Whipsnade

Stone Jug – Clophill

Cuckoo - Toddington