Three breweries, one from Apsley, one from Ukraine one from Rickmansworth, have collaborated together on a milk stout beer based on a Ukrainian recipe in aid of the country amidst it’s invasion by Russian forces.
It was Castle Hill Brewery in Lviv and Pope’s Yard Brewery in Apsley who have brewed the tipple. Creative Juices Brewing Company, based at Woodoaks Farm hosted the event for the new drink.
It’s named ‘Stout Resistance’ in tribute to the Ukrainian people’s staunch defence of their country which has left the world in awe. All profits from the beer will go towards charities supporting Ukraine.
Barbara from Pope’s Yard said: “”Geoff and I travelled around beautiful Ukraine in 2019 and were so touched by the friendly and helpful people we met all over the country. In Lviv we went to see Castle Hill Brewery and helped out a little with a brew.
“We had a great time and have stayed in touch since. We had planned to do a collaborative brew with them for a while, but with the situation in Ukraine we decided we had to do something now.
“We saw all the terrible suffering and people fleeing leaving their homes, it’s just heart-breaking. Especially if you’ve been there and you’ve met these people; it just adds another dimension.”
Ben Janaway, the man in charge at Creative Juices, said: “I think everyone is watching events unfold in Ukraine with a sense of wanting to help, but not being entirely sure what they can do to make a difference.
“When our chums at Pope’s Yard told us about their collab brew to support the people of Ukraine, we felt the least we could do was hold a fundraiser at the taproom to help launch the beer.
“It was a great success and heart-warming to see such support from the local community on the day. Together we raised £610 for the charity.”
‘Stout Resistance’ is now available at a number of pubs and shops locally.