Flanders Pale Ale to Commemorate Centenary of WWI

Chiltern Brewery, with leading beer writer Roger Protz, will “start the mash” on Wednesday 14th May of Flanders Pale Ale to commemorate World War One.

Beer was supplied to British troops fighting in Belgium and France and many Belgian brewers responded to the British support for their independence by adopting the British style known as Pale Ale. A number of Belgian brewers, including De Koninck, Palm and Dubuisson, still brew their interpretations of pale ale.

To mark both this historic beer style and the contribution made by British troops during the war, The Chiltern Brewery has developed a recipe for a strong, bottle-fermented beer that uses Vienna malt and Belgian hops from Poperinge. The mash, with Roger Protz, editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, helping to stir the grain, will start at 8am. Following fermentation and conditioning, the beer will be bottled and left to age until it’s ready for release at the beginning of August 2014.

Flanders Pale Ale 6.5% vol will be presented in a 375ml champagne style bottle. It will have a subtle burnt toffee flavour, be deep golden in colour with a smooth palate and well balanced single hop note. It will be available from the brewery shop and online at www.chilternbrewery.co.uk and the hope is that some of the limited edition brew will be exported to Flanders for the Belgians to enjoy too!