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Brewers Release Magna Carta Beers

News: May 2015

A number of British breweries have released beers to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

Batemans recently joined forces with county and district councils in Lincolnshire to create an official beer for the anniversary, launching the 5.5% ABV ruby beer called Law of the Land at Lincoln Castle, which now houses Lincoln Cathedral's copy of the thirteenth-century document.

Shepherd Neame's contribution is named 1215, after the year Magna Carta was sealed. With 8% ABV, the bottle-conditioned ale features only a small amount of Challenger hops for preservative effect and majors instead on such ingredients as mugwort, yarrow, woodruff and fennel, which were used in medieval beers before the introduction of hops.

The brewery's home of Faversham also owns a copy of the historic document and Shepherd Neame is hosting special guided tours and tutored tastings on Sunday, 14 June, as the Kent town celebrates the occasion.

These two beers follow Windsor & Eton's Magna Carta (7.2% ABV), which was released last autumn, onto the market.

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