Today really should be a bank holiday, but not because of some geezer called George who probably made it no further west than Greece. As an atheist I don't have much truck with patron saints but if I was going to accept the notion of one it would have to be an earlier and slightly more legitimate one, namely St Edmund. No, today should be a national holiday in honour of ace wordsmith and purveyor of quality language, like what he wrote, one William Shakespeare. England has managed to turn out some great Williams in the cultural sphere two bards, one Blake and one Nelson. "What has all this got to do with beer?" I hear you cry. Bear with me, I'm getting there. Today I received this missive from Dave, on behalf of Church End Brewery, and I thought I'd share it with you:
Hope you don't mind me contacting you out the blue here but our local brewery Church End has just released a special edition brew to commemorate William Shakepear's 446th birthday today. 'Shakesbeer' has a blend of four hops and four malts, along with a hint of chocolate, to give it a light brown colour with an ABV of 4.0%.
Church End is offering a pin of the beer to the best 'Shake's Beer' video uploaded to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/churchendbrewery. So if you or any of your fellow aficionados fancy having a go, just check out the sample videos on that page and then upload your own.
Have a great St George's weekend,