Friday, 21 August 2015

The Great Jenny Lind Beer Run

Inspired by the Beaujolais Runs of the 1980s, Linda Challis & KC decided it would be great to offer their customers at the Jenny Lind, Hastings Old Town, a selection of 2015 Champion Beer of Britain Category Winning Beers over this August Bank Holiday weekend. Having attended the Great British Beer Festival on 11th August, when the winning beers were announced, they immediately sampled each beer (for audit purposes, of course) before returning home. They then made contact with each winning brewery to organise collection of three firkins of each beer (if available) the following week.

The following few days were spent calculating the most economic way to travel around the UK visiting each brewery, commencing 17th August. Their journey took them to:

East Markham, Nottinghamshire, Gold Award Bitter Category, Pheasantry Best Bitter;

Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, Gold Award Golden Ale Category and overall Silver Supreme Champion, Kelburn Jaguar;

Partridge Green, West Sussex, Gold Award Strong Bitter Category, Dark Star Revelation;

Burslem, Staffordshire, Gold Award Speciality Beer Category, Titanic Plum Porter;

Lower Beeding, West Sussex, Silver Award Speciality Beer Category, Kissingate Black Cherry Mild;

Keighley, West Yorkshire, Joint Bronze Award Bitter Category, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker;

Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, Joint Bronze Award Bitter Category, Purple Moose Madog’s Ale;

Unfortunately two well deserved winners, Cwtch from Tiny Rebel of Newport, Gwent (Gold Award Best Bitter Category and overall Supreme Champion) and Black by Williams Bros of Kelliebank, Alloa, Scotland (Gold Award Mild Category) were out of stock, but it is hoped bring you these later in the year if possible. Follow the pub’s Facebook page for updates:

But they did add the Sussex Microbrewery Winner of the 2014 CAMRA Eastbourne Beer Festival: Long Man Brewery Long Blonde, from Litlington, East Sussex, always featured at the Jenny Lind.

The beers were returned to the Jenny Lind for storage in the new purposely-built cold room to prepare them for sale commencing the evening of Friday 28th August, the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, when the pub will be promoting this showcase of eight beers from eight great breweries with a great, live musical act every day of the four-day event.

The cost of the sponsorship of this event will be borne by Keith & Linda Challis and will no-way be reflected in the normal retail pricing policy of The Jenny Lind operated by The KC Pub Co Ltd. For more information on the Jenny Lind, please visit

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