Church celebrates with beer

Parishioners commission special beers to mark anniversary of British church

Mar 7, 2003 - Parishioners at a British church are toasting the 250th anniversary of the church with a special beer.


Members of the congregation of St Peter and St Paul's Church in Cherry Willingham have had two special beer commissioned — the first is called "1753" after the date the church was founded and the second is named after its founder Thomas Beckes. The first batch of 240 bottles sold out on the same day that it was launched.

The Vicar of Cherry Willingham, the Reverend Keith James, said that one of the reasons that the beers had proved so popular is because they are brewed to a traditional recipe. "The '1753' beer is similar to the most popular ale of 250 years ago which was named Porter," he said.

"'Thomas Beckes Best Bitter' is a quality bitter named after the man who was responsible for funding the new church building 250 years ago, whose memorial still stands in the building," he sadded.

The beer was made by Woodfordes, an award-winning small, indepedent brewery in Norfolk. More beer has been ordered for sale later this year - including a new addition called Georgian Grog.

All the of profits from the beer will be donated to help a small rural community in Mali, Africa, build its own fresh water well. Parishioners hope to raise a total of 1,753 - to match the date that the church was founded.

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