Coming soon - the ‘dream ale’ inspired by Lewes pub’s customers

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A Lewes pub’s Beer Quest for its 5,000th celebration ale draws to a finale on Saturday, October 26.

Forty entries by regulars of The Gardener’s Arms, setting out their dream ale characteristics, have inspired Miles Jenner, Head Brewer at award-winning Harveys, to craft a special pale ale in honour of this achievement.

Brewed in the Harveys micro-brewery with a multi-hop grist comprising Pioneer, Fuggle, Progress and Sussex Hops, Miles describes the brew as “full-bodied with a fruity aroma and very distinctive lingering bitterness”.

The first pint of the new Potting Shed Special Pale Ale, which packs a punch with six per cent ABV, will be pulled on October 26 at The Gardener’s Arms in Cliffe High Street.

The pub’s Johnny Marshall said: “We are delighted that Miles has again pulled out all the stops to create another new brew for The Gardener’s.

“The pub will be stocking Potting Shed Special Pale Ale on various dates over the winter and we’ll also be sending a cask or two to The Old Boot in Seaford and keeping one back for next February’s Lewes Football Club Beer Festival at The Rook Inn.”

Elsewhere in the pub world, The Blacksmith’s Arms at Offham is on the market through estate agents Oakley and priced at £495,000.

The established country pub and restaurant has four B&B rooms with en-suite facilities.