The Westerham Brewery Co. in Kent will supply two bottled beers – Little Scotney Pale Ale and British Bulldog – to 13 Waitrose stores in the south east of England. These high quality beers will be available from August as part of the Waitrose locally produced initiative (see www.waitrose.com/sourcing). They will be stocked in its branches at Banstead, Biggin Hill, Caterham, Coulsdon, Dartford, Dorking, Epsom, Esher, Longfield, Paddock Wood, Sanderstead, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.>

Little Scotney Pale Ale (4.0% abv) was initially brewed exclusively for the National Trust. This refreshing blonde beer uses Wye Target hops from the Trust’s only hop garden at Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, Kent. Westerham Brewery coaxes all the best flavours and aromas of Ian Strang’s Target hops using late hopping and dry hopping techniques. A contribution from the sale of each bottle of beer is reinvested in the hop enterprise to keep a dying tradition of hop growing in Kent alive.>

British Bulldog (4.3% abv) is a bottle conditioned best bitter brewed to commemorate Winston Churchill, whose country retreat Chartwell is in Westerham. British Bulldog is brewed with crystal malt for a deep mahogany hue, a rich malty palate and WGV hops from Goudhurst in Kent for a lingering, hoppy finish. As a cask conditioned beer, British Bulldog won the Gold Medal in its class at the Society of Independent Brewers’ southeast Beer Competition in 2005.>

Robert Wicks, Manager Director and Founder of Westerham Brewery Co, says, “Supplying locally produced beers to Waitrose fits in with the Westerham Brewery’s ethos of supplying local products to a local market. The traceability of the ingredients, water, malt, hops and yeast gives consumers the added confidence in the provenance of the beer they are drinking.”>