Brewers create new beer in memory of their departed friend

PUBLISHED: 11:49 06 May 2017

Farr Brew owners Matt Elvidge and Nick Farr in their new premises

Farr Brew owners Matt Elvidge and Nick Farr in their new premises


A brewery on the rural fringe of Welwyn Hatfield has created a new beer in memory of a much-missed friend, devoting a share of the proceeds to charity.

The Farr Brewery, which is based at a farm near Coleman Green, will launch Chief Jester at The Fighting Cocks pub, St Albans, on Thursday, May 11.

The name commemorates Joe ‘Chief’ Paul, a close friend of the brewery’s owners who drowned on holiday.

Co-owner Nick Farr said: “He was a chap who always went the extra mile in working for local charities and caring for those near and dear to him. We want to use Farr Brew to continue his work supporting local hospices and celebrate his good name.”
“Chief Jester has been created using an exciting new strain of hops called ‘Jester’ which has an intense, punchy aroma of New World proportions, with flavour notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Combined with WGV bittering hops and carefully selected grains, we have created an easy drinking 3.6 per cent pale session ale that is tasty and refreshing in equal measure.

“Joe was an amazing person and a true lover of good beer. We’re sure he would be pleased with what we have created. The pump clip and branding has been designed to celebrate his interests and passions.”

Ten per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Rennie Grove Hospice in St Albans.

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