Stroud Brewery has teamed up with River Cottage, the brand owned by TV chef and environmental activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, to launch a new organic beer range.
Part of Organic September, the collaboration includes to ales design to “reconnect people with natural, sustainable and ethical food sources”.
The Stinger is a golden ale infused with locally foraged wild nettles for a fresh, zesty twist; and the Rye PA, a full-bodied, modern take on the classic amber ale, using malted Rye sourced in the West Country and exclusively British-grown hop varieties.
The beers have been crafted with the close collaboration of Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team at River Cottage, with their ethos of “Food to Inspire Change”.
“The tradition of foraging wild ingredients and using them to make delicious drinks goes back centuries. It’s such a great way to celebrate the seasons and connect with nature,” said Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall.
He added: “Collaborating with Stroud Brewery was a natural fit, not just because of their remarkable beer-making capabilities but also because their commitment to farming and brewing in a sustainable way, helping to protect and reviving a bio-diverse landscape, align so closely with our own.”
Greg Pilley, founder of Stroud Brewery, said: “Hugh expressed to us the importance of inspiring people through food and drink that is ethically sourced and has a great story.
“He came to us with the concept for Stinger already formed, and with its lovely zesty notes it worked really well.
“We wanted to do something a little different with a big aroma for the second beer, and when Hugh tasted another of our Rye-based beers he was charmed.
“We tweaked it with some unusual UK-sourced hop varieties and the result was RYE PA – our unique interpretation of a classic amber ale.”