A Glass of Herts with Laura Vickers
PUBLISHED: 15:22 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:22 13 November 2013
A guide to the county’s drinks making taste buds happy
Over the past few years there’s been a growing army of thirsty real ale fans, and many craft breweries have sprung up as a result. Tring Brewery has been well ahead of the game however, producing a delicious range of ales for more than 20 years.
During this time, the brewery has cemented its place in the county real ale community and won several awards, while its brewery tours are always a sell-out. So where does it go from here? The big screen, of course! Its newest beer, Crowning Glory, has a delightful cameo in the The World’s End, the final film in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s apocalyptic comedy trilogy, following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
The film centres on a nostalgic pub crawl filmed in Letchworth, Welwyn GC and Hatfield and Crowning Glory is the beer recommended to the lead characters by the barman in an amusing exchange that parodies the sometimes pretentious nature of the real ale scene. Trying not to fall into this trap myself, I can tell you that Crowning Glory is a big-bodied pale ale with a citrus-filled, floral, biscuity character. Basically, it’s delicious.
It’s available by the bottle direct from the brewery (see tringbrewery.co.uk for details), and if you’d like to see Crowning Glory’s, erm, crowning glory, The World’s End is out on DVD on November 25.