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!
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 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.