THE beer-loving bosses of an independent brewery reckon their new summer tipple is the bees knees – for it is made with honey. Ampthill Brewhouse’s new Honey Trap also features locally-sourced ingredients wheat, bitter orange peel and coriander.  “We call it sweet summer glugging beer,” said brewer Mary Jeffrey. “It’s a ‘limited edition’ that will only be available during the summer months. “It’s meant to be enjoyed at barbecues on sunny days – if we get any! All the ingredients are locally-sourced, including honey from bees kept at Barton.”

Her colleague Rainer Schopp based the recipe on a traditional Belgian wallop that packs a mighty 8.5 per cent punch. The Brewhouse version is considerably weaker. But at 4.8 per cent there is still a sting in the ale.

Honey Trap was launched at a party in the Stables Bar of Ampthill’s White Hart Inn on Friday.

It is expected to be available on draught at the town’s Albion pub and in bottles at the Hide wine bar within weeks. Several other pubs in the county and neighbouring Hertfordshire have also expressed interest in stocking the beer. But Mary said they were currently concentrating on supplying outlets within a 15-mile radius of Ampthill. The Brewhouse only began operations last autumn but their ales have already proved a firm favourite with local beer-drinkers. They sold out within days at both the Bedford and Luton Beer Festivals organised by local branches of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. South Bedfordshire CAMRA secretary Mike Coombes said: “We at CAMRA are delighted Ampthill Brewhouse are continuing to develop their beer range, especially when turning their hand to some bolder flavours. “That is something lacking from the range of too many of the 1,300 or so breweries now operating throughout the UK.”
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