The Canterbury Brewers and Distillers, based at the Foundry Brewpub, have worked closely with the University since 2014, being an essential and integral partner in the production of the University Heritage Green Hop Ale.
This is great recognition for a tiny business that nearly faltered last year, as a result of sudden loss of premises. However, they are back up and running in a new building on Stour Street and will remain our primary partner for this unique product.
Four heritage hop varieties are grown on the North Holmes Road Campus, picked by staff and students in September, walked ceremoniously through Canterbury, and pitched in to the brew, where it is blessed by a university chaplain.
Through an academic partnership with the Media and Communications Programme, the PR & Media module uses sustainability briefs, which includes the annual beer brief, to design marketing materials (including the label) for the ale.
This year’s St Gregory’s Ale, makes links to Pope St Gregory the Great who sent Augustine and forty monks from Rome in AD 597 on a Christian mission to Southern England, and St Gregory’s Church, that houses one of only eight memorials in the country that commemorates the sacrifice of both men and women in the Great War. The ale is available for sale from the Food Court.