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Beer inspired by Nightingale backs NHS

Added: Saturday, July 18th 2020

Nighting Ale

If you want to enjoy a good beer and make a generous contribution to the fight against the coronavirus then buy a pack of Nighting Ale, brewed by the Watling Street brewery in North London.

Founder and brewer Rudi Keyser was so inspired by the work of doctors and carers in the health service that he volunteered to work for Barts NHS Trust at the emergency Nightingale Hospital in Docklands. He started as a volunteer porter but was quickly promoted to the role of duty manager.

Rudi Keyser

In between shifts at the hospital, he designed a new beer at Watling Street to support the work of the NHS and also commemorate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.

The pale ale is 4 per cent alcohol and is brewed with pale and Munich malts and oats, and hopped with the American Cascade variety. The beer is finished by “dry hopping” with American Chinook: this means adding a small amount of fresh hops at the end of fermentation.

The bright bronze beer has an enticing aroma of toasted malt and tropical fruits. Biscuit malt, spicy hops and rich fruit dominate the palate followed by a long and lingering finish with a fine balance of grain and fruit. It is finally dry and hoppy.

A pack of six beers costs £15 and £1 of every sale goes to the Emergency Covid-19 Appeal.