Lancashire brewery launches beer in aid of local food bank

Old School Brewery (OSB), based in Warton, Lancashire, has just launched a special beer to help raise much needed funds for the Morecambe Bay Food Bank and to help raise awareness of food waste and food poverty in the region.

The new brew, produced by the Warton team is fittingly called Me-Ale Time, in recognition of the invaluable work the Food Bank performs in the community and the role this beer will play in supporting that work, with 10p from every pint sold going towards providing much needed funds to enable the Food Bank’s team of volunteers to carry out their vital work helping local families.

Morecambe Bay Food Bank regularly helps over 1200 families each year, as well as providing nearly 6,000 emergency food packages to families in need from the 50 tonnes of food generously donated by supporters.

Catherine Walsh, Events Manager at Old School Brewery, regularly volunteers at the Morecambe Bay Food Bank. After a little bit of discussion, the OSB team hit on the idea of created a special beer to help raise funds and support the charity long term. Head brewer Garth Whittaker put his thinking cap on and after a bit of experimentation came up with a brew based on an English pale ale.

Made with Pioneer and Challenger hops, Me-Ale Time delivers bags of flavour with aromas of lemon and grapefruit alongside spicy notes of cedar and green tea nicely finished with a sweet floral flavour delivering a refreshing, rounded beer with a crisp and fruity character, which is already going down well with the punters.

Me-Ale is currently being supplied to a number of pubs across Lancashire and Cumbria; including The Merchants, Lancaster, The Longlands Hotel, Carnforth, The Exchange Morecambe, The Old Black Bull, Preston and the Factory Tap, Kendal.

Catherine Walsh, from Old School Brewery, commented: ‘’We wanted to do our bit to contribute to the local community and support the work of Morecambe Bay Foodbank as it’s a great cause and is a vital lifeline for many people living in the Bay Area. Me-ale Time is already proving popular with around 20 landlords stocking it so far. 10p from every pint they sell will go to the Morecambe Bay Food Bank and on top of that we are also making is available at our monthly open nights as well, which will also boost sales for this great cause.’’