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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB NEWS -

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.

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