Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour1
Iconic castle ales celebrate 125
One of Britain’s most iconic castles – and a jewel in the North East heritage crown – is toasting a special birthday in style with the launch of two anniversary beers dedicated to the remarkable Victorian philanthropist who helped save it from ruin.
The special brews honour North East hero Lord Armstrong, who 125 years ago, put both his fortune and foresight to good use when he bought Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, transforming it from a rundown shell into the breathtaking and beautifully restored stronghold it is today.
Lord Armstrong Amber (3.8% abv) and Bebbanburg Gold (4.2% abv) are a collaboration between Alnwick Brewery and the descendants of the 19th century Tyneside-born industrialist, scientist, inventor and benefactor, who bought the crumbling fortification in 1894 for the princely sum of £60,000 (£7.6m in today’s money).
It is hoped more Bamburgh Castle-inspired beers could be in the pipeline if Lord Armstrong Amber and Bebbanburg Gold are a success. Bebbanburg was the Saxon name for Bamburgh.