Enjoy a warming winter ale at one of our many great pubs
News from the Mid-Chilterns branch of the Campaign for Real Ale with Brian Kilbey
WINTER Ales are amongst our oldest ‘seasonals’ and brewed to have a little more alcohol for the walk home in the dark winter weather: only the wealthy could afford a horse in those days.
These ales had the advantage of being cheaper than spirits, unit for unit. The rise of car ownership reduced their attraction but our more adult attitude to not mixing drinking and driving has seen Winter Ales’ sales increase, and a rise in taxi usage.
Nearly all our LocAle brewers offer one or more. Expect Chiltern Foxtrot, Gales Firecracker, Haresfoot Old Tiney, Malt Winter Ale, Rebellion Roasted Nuts, Tring Colley’s Dog, Vale Black Beauty Porter and XT brewery’s XT 10.
If you want to try examples of these beers then head for your local pubs/shops in November, most will have it. The ones I know about are: The Bell (Chartridge), The Black Cat (Lye Green), The Brewery Shops (Amersham and Chesham), The Craft Beer Shop (Little Chalfont), The Crown (Ley Hill), The Crown Inn (Little Missenden), The Eagle (Amersham), The Gamekeepers Lodge (Chesham), The Generals Arms (Chesham), The Hen & Chickens (Botley), The Hit or Miss (Penn Street), The Jolly Sportsman (Chesham), The Pheasant (Chesham), The Plough (Hyde Heath), The Queens Head (Chesham), The Red Lion (Marsworth), The Rose & Crown (Ivinghoe), The Saracens Head (Amersham), The Squirrel (Penn Street), The Sugar Loaf Inn (Little Chalfont), The White Hart (Whelpley Hill) and The White Lion (Little Chalfont).
You will also find them at The Queens Head (Chesham) during their Winter Ale & Cider Fest from December 2 to 4.