A Toast to the Coast

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Monday 04 July 2016

Liberation Brewery is celebrating 10 years of the National Trust for Jersey’s Coastline Campaign with a new beer.

Puffin Ale has been brewed using wild hops collected from Le Câtel Fort above Greve de Lecq and is a 4% ABV malty tawny British Ale, creating a fruity aroma.

It’s thought the hops may have been planted at Le Câtel by British troops. There was a garrison with a compliment of 15 soldiers and a sergeant at the site from the 1780s until the start of the First World War – perhaps they planted the hops to produce their own ale to quench their thirst in their cliff-top fort?

Liberation Brewery’s Pat Dean said, “We have had a long association with the National Trust for Jersey and what has been particularly pleasing about this project is the fact that we have been able to hand-pick wild hops from Trust land here in Jersey. As brewers we share a love of the natural environment. All of the ingredients that are used to make ale come from natural sources and we recycle the spent grain to farmers to use as feed for their animals, so we return as much as we can to nature.”

Charles Alluto, Chief Executive of the National Trust for Jersey added, “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our Coastline Campaign with a pint of locally brewed Puffin Ale.  Using hops that grow wild on our coastal slopes, the Liberation Group has created an ale, both in name and taste, which truly celebrates and highlights the natural beauty and wilderness of our dramatic coastline.”

The beer has been brewed not only to mark the 10th year of the Coastline Campaign but also to help mark the Trust’s 80th anniversary. Puffin Ale will be available in selected Liberation group pubs across Jersey.

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