It’s ale about the malt for new beer

Pubs have al­ways played an im­por­tant part in our com­mu­ni­ties and we’re keen to en­sure that tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. Here, some land­lords share their lat­est news. We’ll drink to that!

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THERE’S noth­ing quite like an in­de­pen­dent busi­ness be­ing re­warded for its hard work and suc­cess, writes

press of­fi­cer for CAMRA Mid-Chilterns and it’s even bet­ter when that busi­ness is a brew­ery.

In­de­pen­dent brew­ing com­pany, Malt the Brew­ery, re­cently won sil­ver in a na­tional beer com­pe­ti­tion.

The Prest­wood-based brew­ers were awarded for their Malt Dark Ale in the So­ci­ety of In­de­pen­dent Brew­ers (SIBA) 2015 com­pe­ti­tion.

The beer came sec­ond in the Cham­pion Stan­dard Mild Ales cat­e­gory af­ter win­ning the re­gional heats.

Owner Nick Wat­son said: “I’m re­ally, re­ally happy.

“We’ve only en­tered our beers into three com­pe­ti­tions and we’ve won each time so to get sil­ver in a na­tional award is amaz­ing.

“It’s es­pe­cially good be­cause now we can call our dark ale a ‘Cham­pion Ale’.”

The dark ale was au­to­mat­i­cally put for­ward for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion af­ter win­ning five gold stars in its Mid­lands re­gional cat­e­gory.

Malt the Brew­ery were founded in 2012 at the orig­i­nal milk bot­tling hall on Collings Hanger Farm.

It was orig­i­nally run by Mr Wat­son and his wife Jenny but they have ex­panded their team by two and have also added a tast­ing bar to op­er­a­tions.

Eight other Mid­lands-based brew­ers won na­tional awards, with the re­gion stretch­ing from Der­byshire to Bucks. Only 60 beers re­ceived a na­tional award from about the 2,000 that en­tered the re­gional heats.

The awards were held in March and win­ners an­nounced by SIBA chair­man Nick Wat­son, who runs the brew­ing side of Malt the Brew­ery, is de­lighted by the Malt Dark Ale award Guy Shep­pard and BBC Ra­dio broad­caster Nigel Bar­den.

The beers were judged were a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts at SIBA’s BeerX cel­e­bra­tion in Sh­effield.

And for Mr Wat­son he hopes the suc­cess doesn’t end.

He said: “We’ve just en­tered two dif­fer­ent beers in an­other com­pe­ti­tion, an his­tor­i­cal In­dian Pale Ale and a Golden Ale, and we’re hop­ing to get more awards for those two.

“The judg­ing is any­time now.”

THE MER­LIN’S

St Giles

CAVE, Chal­font

The venue is of­fer­ing friends of Mer­lin’s 50 per cent off food dur­ing July pre­views.

Reg­is­ter at www.mer­lins-cave.com to en­joy the benefits of the pub which is cur­rently un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion.

Cur­rent own­ers, Apos­tro­phe Pubs, are look­ing to cre­ate a pub which sells ar­ti­san food and drink with a de­sign the cel­e­brates the his­tory of the area.

Ac­cord­ing to Apos­tro­phe Pubs direc­tor Craig Mayes, peo­ple can ex­pect to see, “chalk and oak from the Chilterns, and open fires, pati­nas and ochre cel­e­brat­ing the pub’s name”.

Plans also in­clude re­ju­ve­nat­ing the gar­den which stretches to the Mis­bourne River.

THE GAME­KEEP­ERS LODGE, Che­sham

There’s live mu­sic at the pub in Belling­don Road, Che­sham, this week­end from The Cherry Valen­tines (above), a male and fe­male duo, who per­form acous­tic cov­ers on gui­tar and flute. Catch them on Fri­day from 9pm to 11.30pm.

Their reper­toire is made-up of pop, rock and soul cov­ers from the 1960s to the present day. The duo also run an open mic night at the pub ev­ery Sun­day from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01494 793 491.

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