Have a sip of William Clarke ale at the Ashes.
The biggest rivalry in cricket starts tomorrow and fans from all over the world will descend upon Trent Bridge. Visitors to the game this year will be able to sample a new beer commemorating the unique heritage of Nottinghamshire cricket.
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of cricket at the Trent Bridge cricket ground, Tom Flynn, manager at The Bell Inn, has prepared a special beer for spectators. So if you’re at the game enjoying the match, look out for William Clarke Anniversary Ale.
The idea for the new golden ale came to Tom in January while thinking about upcoming Ashes events. The fact that Trent Bridge shares a historical figure with The Bell Inn was also an important reason for creating the new beverage.
William Clarke is a fundamental player in the history of Nottinghamshire cricket and his presence was an important milestone for the The Bell Inn. In 1812 he became the pub’s landlord and when he married to Mary Chapman, the landlady of the Trent Bridge Inn, it marked a turning point for cricket.
A cricket fanatic, William hosted matches on the green behind the pub and it’s increased popularity led to the opening of the Trent Bridge cricket ground immediately behind the Inn in 1840. It became the main venue for Nottinghamshire matches instead of the Forest racecourse.
The name William Clarke is the perfect choice for the new ale. This golden ale has been brewed by Greene King to suit both female and male tastes and is perfect for long summer days.
When we caught up with Tom, we asked him how Trent Bridge reacted when he first put the idea to them,
“When we met up they loved the idea straight away”, he said, adding that the ground had been brilliantly supportive of the venture.
Tom and the team at Trent bridge are now hoping to sell 1,000 pints of the ale during the Ashes games.
Don’t worry if you’ve not got tickets to the Ashes though, for those of you looking to enjoy William Clarke ale away from the Trent Bridge ground, it will be available in all Greene King pubs, including The Bell Inn, the Test Match Hotel and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.