Raise a glass to ospreys raising chicks

Raise a glass to ospreys raising chicks
L-R: Michelle Waller of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Becky Stringer of Stringers Beer, at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve with bottles of Sweet Gale Pale Ale

L-R: Michelle Waller of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Becky Stringer of Stringers Beer, at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve with bottles of Sweet Gale Pale Ale

A summery new beer perfect for the season’s BBQs has been launched by local brewery Stringers Beer to help raise funds for Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, near Witherslack, and its nesting ospreys.

Sweet Gale Pale Ale has gone on sale at Booths stores across Cumbria and at Tebay Services on the M6. The new beer is a golden ale flavoured with the native plant sweet gale (Myrcia gale), also known as bog myrtle, which flourishes on our northern peatlands and was once a common ingredient in the herb and spice mixtures used to flavour ancient ales.

Stringers Beer, a small independent craft brewery in Ulverston run by Becky Stringer and Jon Kyme, is donating 5 pence per bottle sold to Cumbria Wildlife Trust and already supports the local wildlife charity through its corporate membership scheme. They also recently won The Product Innovation Award and were a finalist in the Best Small Producer category at the Cumbrian Food & Drink Awards. The company also helps the environment by using 100% renewable electricity, from wind, wave, small scale hydro and solar power.

Becky Stringer of Stringers Beer said: “We were delighted to be asked to brew a special beer in support of Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s excellent work at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve.  It’s a great opportunity to brew with, and indeed, taste, an underused traditional beer ingredient.”

Michelle Waller, Senior Development Officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve is a wonderful place and I think the ospreys nesting there agree with me! It’s great that Becky and John are able to make this donation as it will really help Cumbria Wildlife Trust make the nature reserve even better for wildlife and people. This year we’re making some new fen habitat that could attract bitterns and we hope to install some more boardwalk and information panels so people can enjoy the nature reserve even more. I’ve had a couple of bottles myself and this ale is a perfect drink to sip in the evening sun and to enjoy with friends at a summer BBQ. And whilst you’re savouring the flavour and appreciating the label artwork – you will know that you are helping wildlife too. I’ll lift a glass to that!”

Stringers Beer will be in-store at Booths across the county for you to taste Sweet Gale Pale Ale and a selection of their other beers. Pop in for a taste at Ulverston on Saturday 1st August, Kendal on Saturday 8th August, Windermere on Saturday 15th August and Milnthorpe on Saturday 22nd August.