Langham Brewery has released the first bottles of its South Downs Best Bitter to support work in the South Downs National Park.
The independent craft micro-brewery, which is based within the National Park on the Cowdray Estate, near Petworth, became the first corporate partner of the South Downs National Trust last year.
The brewer has pledged five pence from every bottle of Best Bitter sold will go to the South Downs National Trust’s ‘Mend Our Way’ campaign to fix broken sections of the South Downs Way.
Co-founder, Lesley Foulkes, said: “We are thrilled with our South Downs Best Bitter, which features a striking image inspired by the beautiful South Downs on its label. We are aiming to raise a significant amount over the next couple of years towards projects in the National Park, including vital restoration of sections of the South Downs Way.”
She added: “We have welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the trust to raise awareness of the fabulous countryside that surrounds us, and to lead the way in raising funds to conserve the much-loved South Downs Way for future generations.”
The brewery is also creating a South Downs National Park information point at the brewery and has signed up to the National Park Authority’s new Cyclists and Walkers Initiative.
Foulkes said: “The information point will be a place where weary cyclists, walkers and people just passing by can drop in and enjoy refreshments in convivial surroundings and discover the delights and possibilities of the National Park, the South Downs Way and surrounding countryside.”
The 4.5% abv South Downs Best Bitter is available in 50cl bottles, and the beer is described as “a tawny-coloured classic best bitter with well-balanced malt flavours, finished with a hint of blackcurrant and a slightly spicy, sweet aroma”.