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28th April 2015

Key To The Door For Dartmoor Brewery As Jail Ale Comes Of Age

Dartmoor Jail ale

Dartmoor Brewery which began brewing its popular Jail Ale from the back of a Dartmoor village pub 21years ago, celebrated the 21 year milestone with the launch of a limited edition commemorative beer at a special event for licensees at a Dartmoor hotel.


The anniversary beer, Jail Commemorative Ale, was created by Dartmoor Brewery’s head brewer, Mike Lunney, to celebrate the Brewery’s 21 years of brewing real ale on Dartmoor.  “Jail Ale is the Brewery’s original beer, it’s brewed within site of the iconic Dartmoor Prison which inspired its name – and it seemed only fitting we should mark our 21st anniversary with an extra special version of our popular Jail Ale” commented Mike.


The Jail Commemorative Ale is being released by Dartmoor Brewery from the end of April as a special limited edition beer only.  The new Jail Commemorative Ale (9% ABV) uses the same traditional brewing techniques and high quality ingredients as the original Jail Ale (4.8% ABV), just with less of the core ingredient, water.   Head brewer, Mike described the new beer: “Jail Commemorative Ale is a natural, bottle- conditioned craft ale, containing live yeast, Dartmoor water, Dartmoor malted barley and the best English hops.”


Mike continued: “Although our production capacity has increased since those early days in 1994, the Brewery remains true to its craft origins and we still produce premium, cask conditioned ales using a traditional brewing system. We source local ingredients whenever possible, it’s always Dartmoor water in our brews and more than 75% of the malted barley we use is grown within the Dartmoor National Park.”


Dartmoor Brewery is the second largest Brewery in Devon, officially the highest brewery in England at 1,465ft above sea level, the Brewery is still located in Princetown just a few steps away from the Prince of Wales pub where it all began.

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Notes to editors:

o   Dartmoor Brewery began in 1994 at the Prince of Wales pub, Princetown and produces only top quality cask conditioned real ale.  It now operates from a purpose built brewery situated in the heart of Dartmoor.

o   Dartmoor Brewery is the highest brewery in England at over 1465ft above sea level.

o   Dartmoor Brewery produce the award winning Jail Ale (4.8%), Legend (4.4%), Dartmoor IPA (4%) and seasonal beers

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