Queen Ethelburga’s Ale

In centuries past, it was normal for churches to raise funds by brewing a Church Ale. There are records indicating that in Lyminge, there was a structure to the north side of the church where the Church Ale was habitually consumed. We are delighted to be able to revive this ancient tradition with Queen Ethelburga’s Ale, specially brewed for the Lyminge Anglo-Saxon Festival by local brewery Canterbrew of Chartham, makers of the popular and well-respected Canterbury Ales.

Brewing commenced earlier today. The beer is being brewed to a recipe created by champion beermaker Richard Baldwin. It is a traditional bitter, made with pale, crystal and dark Maris Otter malted barley, and East Kent Goldings hops to give it a distinctive East Kent flavour, to a target strength of 3.8% ABV. Queen Ethelburga’s Ale will be available throughout the Lyminge Anglo-Saxon Festival only at the Coach and Horses, Lyminge, with the first pint being poured on Friday 18 June.

Two festival events will also be serving Queen Ethelburga’s Ale from the cask. Make sure you book your tickets to the Medieval Banquet on 25 June and to the concert by Cantores Dominicae, a festival fringe event on 16 July. Both these events will be in Lyminge Village Hall. See the forthcoming June issue of the Lyminge Newsletter for more details.

We also have limited quantities of Queen Ethelburga’s Ale available in bottle. This is available by the case, at the price of £33 per case of 12 500ml bottles. Most of the brew allocated for bottling has already been pre-ordered but we still have a few cases available to reserve. If you are interested, please contact geopaethas@gmail.com to place your order.

5 thoughts on “Queen Ethelburga’s Ale

  1. LOL! There is a recorded story that says that prior to the First English Civil War that one of the Rigden families in Kent was licensed to sell beer during church services but that after the Puritans won the First English Civil war, they forbade that practice. So when the 2nd English Civil War started, the Rigdons sided with the Royalists. My particular line of Rigdens came from…. wait for it…. Lyminge! ca 1660.


    1. Love it. Thanks Joe for your comment. Rigdens was a Kentish brewer into the 20th Century but is long-since closed. Many Rigdens have also lived in and around Lyminge and the churchyard is full of them so you are descended from a family with deep roots here.


  2. Maybe you can send me a case of the Ale?

    Probably not since I’m in Florida. But I’d happily settled for empty bottle with a label on it. One of my distant Rigden cousins, Wendy Tait Mayfield, grew up in Faversham and remembers when they shut down the Rigden brewery in the early 1970s.


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