Perfect pint for park champions

Published on: 10 Sep 2014

Alan Hinkes OBE, one of Britain's best known mountaineers, has raised a specially brewed pint at the summit of 899m Great Gable to mark the diamond jubilee of the Lake District National Park's vibrant volunteer service.

Alan is the only Briton to have climbed all 14 of the world's highest mountains and is a big supporter of the Lake District National Park.

He said "It is fantastic to combine two of my loves – walking one of the Lake District's greatest mountains whilst launching a beer which will support the national park."

Park Your Thirst is a refreshing golden 3.9 per cent ale with a subtle citrus flavour and aroma, brewed in the Lake District with water from the Lakeland fells. It has been brewed by local craft brewery Keswick Brewing Company to celebrate 60 years of volunteering in the park. 10 pence from every bottle of beer sold will go back into keeping the spectacular Lake District landscape special.

Brewer Sue Jefferson from Keswick Brewery explained "we are proud to dedicate this new beer to the 500 strong team of men and women who help look after our precious Lake District landscape."

Great Gable, famed for its peak memorial to Fell & Rock Climbing Club members who perished in the Great War, was a fitting place to commemorate an action force driven by loyalty, dedication and pride.

So said Lake District National Park's volunteer co-ordinator, Tim Duckmanton, who explained the 60th anniversary was a cause not just of great celebration, but of reflection too.

He added: "It is incredible to think back to 1954 when a small group got together to litter pick at Whitemoss Common.

"The breadth and scope of what over 500 volunteers do each year is incalculable. Their achievements are huge, ranging from practical maintenance to leading guided walks, data collection to supporting office-based staff and a raft of jobs in between.

"We couldn't work the way we do without our amazing volunteers, so this really is cheers to them!

"It was the volunteers themselves who wanted a uniquely crafted beer so a glass could be raised to six decades of amazing work and contributions."

Alan, also a real ale enthusiast and regular CAMRA contributor, described the golden beer Park Your Thirst as "the most perfect refreshing post walk pint" and added it was a fitting tribute to a gold star service.

He added: "On behalf of the millions who treasure the Lake District and all it stands for, I salute these selfless people who do so much to protect and enhance it."

Keswick Brewery's latest tipple will be on sale in its shop and at Lake District National Park information centres, including Brockhole, where it can be sampled at the café.

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