Brewery tribute to Hatfield's aviation history

PUBLISHED: 11:28 03 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:39 03 March 2016

Ben Marston, Tring Brewery marketing and communications manager, and Mike Nevin, museum marketing director,  launched the beers in the shade of the 75-year-old DH Mosquito prototype. Picture: Garry Lakin.

Ben Marston, Tring Brewery marketing and communications manager, and Mike Nevin, museum marketing director, launched the beers in the shade of the 75-year-old DH Mosquito prototype. Picture: Garry Lakin.

Garry Lakin

A Hertfordshire brewery has joined forces with aviation enthusiasts to remember Hatfield's heritage in alcoholic form.

Tring Brewery has unveiled the first two of its beers named after famous aircraft made in Hatfield at the de Havilland museum near London Colney.

Brewery founder Richard Shardlow said: “We wanted to support a new cause this year, and the museum and its appeal to build a new hangar was perfect for us.”

Every month this year, Tring Brewery will create a beer named after a de Havilland aircraft, such as Sea Vixen, Vampire, Mosquito and Comet, and will make a donation to the museum’s fund for a new hangar.

Anyone who buys a two-lite cask from the brewery shop in Tring will have a chance to win a flight for two in a 1930s de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane.

David Worchester, manager of The Lower Red Lion pub in St Albans, said: “Tring Brewery’s decision to support the de Havilland Museum project by producing a range of beers that celebrate the history of the de Havilland aircraft has gone down exceptionally well with our drinkers, especially those who once flew these pioneering aircraft.”

The museum has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help with its proposed new hangar, and plans to start work on it by mid-March.

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