Summer Festival & Beer Orders
On Friday 18th August at 7.00 pm
Our Own Real Ale:
MENDLESHAM’S BEST REAL ALE
Coronation Edition 2023
Mendlesham’s Best is back again. Our 13th limited edition, has been specially brewed by Earl Soham Brewery using locally grown barley, English hops and traditional brewing techniques. It is sold in aid of St Mary’s Mendlesham Church Funds and is absolutely delicious!
If you have pre-ordered, we have it and it is ready to collect - and there are just a few boxes left over for those who didn't.
Last year, all bottles went very quickly, so don't leave it until it's too late!!
Prices: Bottles: £3.50, Box of 12: £40
Payment on collection
To order, please complete the form below
Parish Ales in history
In Mediaeval and Tudor Times Parish Ales or Church Ales were important celebrations in many English parishes. Originally instituted to honour the patron saint of the church, these were events held in the south-side churchyard. Home-brewed beer was sold by the churchwardens to offset the maintenance and repairs to the church fabric. At one time many churches had brew-houses in the churchyard, or attached to the church itself. Frances Beaumont (1584-1616) wrote the following verse in ‘Exaltation of Ale’:
‘The churches much owe, as we all do know,