Two new beers mark 900 years
20th July 2009
A specially produced beer to mark the 900th anniversary of Ely Cathedral will be launched this week. The beer is one of two unique brews bottled in Cambridgeshire one in support of the Cathedral and the other for the Diocese of Ely.
On Wednesday 22 July at 4.00 pm the Bishop of Ely, Dr Anthony Russell, will be presented with two crates of Cathedrale, which has been specially produced by the Wisbech brewer, Elgood & Sons. Head Brewer, Alan Pateman will hand over the beer at the Cathedral.
The bottled beer will be available from retail outlets across Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk with 10% of the sales raising funds for the restoration of the Cathedral.
We are most grateful to Elgoods for this generous gesture and their continued support of the Cathedral, said Dr Russell. Celebration and festivity have always been a part of Church life. In monastic times the Cathedral would have brewed its own beer. The Church continues to advocate, and shares the common concern for, responsible drinking.
Elgoods have had a long association with the Cathedral, in particular providing beer to baptise the stages of restoration works around the building, an old tradition dating back many centuries, said Alan Pateman.
This special bottled ale, a premium pale beer, is made from finest malt, from Cambridgeshire, and English hops. We hope the sale of the bottles will help to promote the work of the Cathedral, and are delighted to support the restoration work of this magnificent building, he added.
Another distinctive beer has been produced locally by The City of Cambridge Brewery. This unique blend has been brewed to commemorate the faithfulness of people across the Diocese of Ely over nine centuries and is named Three Crowns after the Diocesan crest.
For details and more information:
Alan Pateman or Marcus Beecher
20th July 2009