Fairtrade Organic Ale – featured on TV!May 7, 2014 by The Co-op Observer
I donâ€™t get to watch a lot of TV, but I do try to catch Channel 4â€™s Sunday Brunch. Part of the attraction is that one of the presenterâ€™s restaurants is just down the road from where we used to live in West Didsbury, south Manchester. Simon Rimmer opened the vegetarian restaurant Greens back in 1990 with his business partner Simon Connolly, and I go when I get the chance. Iâ€™m not a vegetarian â€“ I just love its good food served in a great atmosphere.
Anyway, I was watching our local celebrity this Sunday when I was delighted to hear him piling the praise on The Co-operativeâ€™s Fairtrade Organic Ale.
The ale is a beauty, brewed for The Co-operative at the Freeminer Brewery in the Royal Forrest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Itâ€™s a great beer to sip gently with a meal of good strong tasting foods. Bitter, but balanced by malts and Demerara, its light flavor belies its 5% abv punch.
Itâ€™s one of four ales from The Co-operative, a tally that includes the Q award winning Gold Miner bottle conditioned beer thatâ€™s also from Freeminer Brewery.
I wonder if Simon noted that the organic ale is the first to be listed as fairtrade, organic and vegetarian. Whether or not that is your motivation for giving it a try I recommend all four, perhaps starting with the easy drinking Bumble Bee Honey Ale.