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5th May 2023

Cask Beers are reigning for Greene King

As well as the release of its coronation seasonal ale, Greene King Brewery will also be releasing a further three cask beers for May and June, which include a collaboration with Big Hug Brewing, a returning favourite and an ale inspired by hop picking.


Coronation Ale

Available now until the 14th of May, the Coronation Ale is a refreshing 4% hoppy serve, with drinkers able to enjoy notes of citrus and tropical fruit from four fragrant hops.

The light, fruity style of the Coronation Ale means it’s the perfect pairing for a wide range of fish dishes. Everything from pub classics such as the classic fish & chips, right up to seasonal dishes like seared salmon or creamy fish pie.


Pave The Way

The 4.6% pale ale is a new collaboration version of the beer with Big Hug Brewing, that supports the charity Only A Pavement Away. The charity aims to connect employers in the hospitality industry and charities working with people facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans, to help place them into long term, stable employment. Big Hug Brewing will be giving 50% profit from the beer to the charity.

Pave The Way has flavours of caramel coming from the malt, that combine with watermelon, peach and stone fruit to create a refreshing cask beer and will be available through May and June.


Hopping Special

The second cask beer available for the whole of May and June is Hopping Special, also a new cask creation by Greene King. The 4.2% amber ale has been brewed with five different malts to create the rich body and biscuity sweetness, and late hopped with Galaxy and Citra for extra fruity flavour.

The name for the hoppy ale was inspired by the train service put on for the hop picking families in the 19th-20th century. Before the invention of the farming technology now available, hop picking was hugely labour intensive and when harvest time came around farmers needed extra hands. The help usually came in the form of families from London, who would see it as a holiday as they exchanged the city for the green countryside.


St Edmunds

As we look beyond the coronation, also making an appearance through June, is the retuning golden ale, St Edmunds. The 4.2% fresh beer uses Cascade hops to deliver the pink grapefruit notes. Returning with a slightly updated look and feel, this is sure to be a welcome return for guests.

Jack Palmer, Head Brewer at Greene King said: “We certainly have lots of styles and flavours available for May and June. Collaborating with Big Hug Brewing has been an honour and great to raise further awareness of such an important cause. Greene King has worked with Only A Pavement Away for a number of years now through our social mobility scheme, Releasing Potential, and it’s great to be able to support the charity in a different way.

“Our Hopping Special and St Edmunds celebrate the brilliant parts of beer history and our heritage. Our cask beers are brimming with stories, from the ingredients that make then, to the flavours they create and the inspiration of their names. I encourage customers to get them on their bars while they are around, as they are sure to draw attention.”

The exclusive cask ale is part of the wider Fresh Cask Releases calendar, a portfolio of 18 limited-edition cask beers available at specific times throughout the year ahead, which have been created by the talented brewing team at Greene King. Greene King supports customers with knowledge packs for each seasonal beer, including tasting notes and access to online training support.

To order from the Cask Fresh Releases Calendar contact your Greene King sales representative or phone 0345 600 1799.


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About Greene King

Greene King is the country’s leading pub company and brewer with c.2,600 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

At Greene King we are passionate about delivering our purpose to ‘pour happiness into lives’. That’s for our customers, our team, our pub partners, our suppliers and the communities in which we live, operate and serve. Founded in 1799 with offices in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and Burton on Trent in Staffordshire we employ around 39,000 people across the group with four divisions: Greene King pubs, Destination Brands, Partnership and Ventures, and Brewing & Brands.

  • Greene King pubs are located where people and communities come together; pubs enjoyed in cities, towns and villages throughout the country
  • Destination Brands is a mixture of food and drink-led brands including Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Wacky Warehouse, and Pub & Carvery, Pub & Dining and Pub & Grill
  • Partnerships & Ventures includes Pub Partners, which runs our tenanted and leased pubs business and Hive Franchise pubs, and our Ventures Brands which is made up of Metropolitan Pub Company, Hickory’s, Hotels Group and Crafted Pubs

Brewing & Brands covers the brewing sides of the business. Quality ales are brewed at the Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds and the Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar. Our industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Ice Breaker and Belhaven Best and our premium beers, Level Head and Flint Eye, brewed for the modern-day drinker.

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