Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has teamed up with the Hillfire Brewing Company to launch a bespoke beer celebrating 25 years of the Aylesbury Beer Festival this October. Hillfire owner Neil Coxhead says this new ale will be extra special because it’s brewed in partnership with Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity using the Brewery’s own hops grown organically in Buckinghamshire.

“We feel honoured to have this exciting and unique opportunity to support the Hospice with this special new beer,” says Neil. “It will hopefully draw many enthusiasts to this established and popular Festival because they like new beers. Especially as it’s going to be made with our own hops. We’re really looking forward to making the brew with Florence and CAMRA in September and we’re busy formulating the recipe and tending the hops.”

The Festival will take place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October, offering real ale fans the chance to try local beers as well as award-winning ales and ciders from further afield, whilst raising vital funds for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

CAMRA’s own David Roe will be selecting the ales to include a range of old favourites and seasonal novelties. Festival-goers can suggest favourites they would like to see at the Festival by commenting in the event on the Charity’s Facebook page.

As well as over 35 beers, ciders and perries to taste and judge, a new feature this year is the ‘Local Gin Showcase’, featuring the surprising number of gins made locally in Buckinghamshire. The Festival also features gourmet sausages courtesy of local butchers in the Sausage Festival on Saturday afternoon, while caterer Alena Winters’ homemade classics will be back on Saturday evening to provide some ballast for the alcohol.

“In honour of our long partnership with CAMRA, CAMRA Members get a free pint of beer at the Festival,” says Emma Carroll, Community Events Manager at Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. “And with over 35 beers to try at just over £3 a pint, it’s an unmissable event for any serious ale drinker.”

Prices are just £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Book online (from mid-August), or call 01296 429 975 to get tickets.