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Sir Chris Bonnington launches Helvellyn Gold ale at Cranstons

Sir Chris Bonnington was at Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall this week to celebrate the launch of a special new bottled ale 'Helvellyn Gold'. It is the latest bottled ale to be made available by local community micro-brewery Hesket Newmarket. In addition to launching the new bottled ale Cranstons have also developed a delicious new Steak and Helvellyn Ale pie.

Greg Smith, Brewery Manager at Hesket Newmarket explains the appeal of the new bottled ale;

"Helvellyn Gold is one of our most popular cask ales due to its exceptionally smooth finish so we are really excited that our customers will now be able to buy it in bottles to enjoy at home. At 4% ABV it's the ideal strength to drink on a hot summers day."

Helvellyn Gold is a straw coloured bitter, substantially hopped with traditional Goldings and Challenger hops, moderated by the use of malted oats alongside Maris Otter pale ale malt to give its characteristic smooth finish. The illustrated label on the front of the new bottle depicts a plane landing on the summit of Helvellyn, commemorating the first ever mountain top landing of a plane in Britain (In 1926 John Leeming and Bert Hinkler successfully landed an Avro Gosport aircraft on Helvellyns relatively flat summit).

Mountaineer and broadcaster Sir Chris Bonnington has a close affiliation with the mountain and the brewery;

"I am thrilled to be here to celebrate the launch of Hesket Breweries latest product, the wonderful Helvellyn Gold ale, the success of the brewery is close to my heart as I am one of 100 local real ale enthusiasts who work together to run the brewery as a community co-operative."

The Hesket Newmarket Brewery cooperative was formed in 1999 when the original founders and owners Liz and Jim Fearnly retired. Its a community based organization commited to preserving a small rural enterprise and to brewing excellent real ale. Since formation the co-operative have successfully developed the brewery, replacing the original modified dairy tanks with a new brewing plant and building a new bottling facility in 2006.

Present at launch Philip Cranston said;

"At Cranstons we are always keen to support local products so we were thrilled to be able to work with the Hesket Cooperative to bring bottled Helvellyn Gold to market. The brewery has gone from strength to strength in recent years and is a great example of the out-standing products and producers we are lucky to have in our region. We hope our customers will enjoy the new Steak and Helvellyn ale pie we have developed to celebrate the launch- it’s certainly had a good response at our pre-launch taste panels."

Helvellyn Gold Bottled Ale will be available EXCLUSIVELY at Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall, Penrith from this week onwards along with the new Steak and Helvellyn ale pie - tender pieces of steak in a gravy enriched with Helvellyn ale, encased in crisp pastry.

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Sir Chris Bonnington launches Helvellyn Gold ale at Cranstons