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A Celebration in Beer

As part of the celebration of the 150 years anniversary of St. Mary’s Church, it was decided to have a special beer brewed for the winter.  This idea follows a centuries old tradition of the Christian church communities, and their connection to the brewing of beer, a tradition that is still upheld in a range of monastic communities across Europe.

As the quantities of beer that would be required were going to be beyond any attempt to “home brew”, our “beer” team decided to look at getting a beer brewed professionally by a local brewery.

As St. Mary’s Church is part of the Diocese of Southwark, it was quickly decided to approach Southwark Brewing who are with the diocese, and are based less than a mile from Southwark Cathedral.

After several months of discussion a brewing plan was agreed.  There would be a limited edition of 2,000 bottles (660 litres) of a dark winter ale, in the style of a porter, but not too strong - as would have been traditional in historic church ales.

On the 20th October, 2016, Southwark Brewing began the brewing process, and the Reverend Canon Duncan Swan, Vicar of St. Mary’s Church and Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, visited the brewery to bless the beer during its initial brewing process.

A week later the beer was bottled, labelled and boxed, all by hand by the Southwark Brewing team, and eventually delivered to St. Mary’s Church.

Sponsorship and Support

The cost of the entire venture was offset by six local businesses who agreed to become “beer sponsors”.  

So, we once again give thanks to:

Buxton Building Contractors Ltd         


Champ Consultants Ltd  

The Caterham Link  

Swift Windows Caterham Ltd

The planning and organisation for the venture has been managed by the B-List Service of GISM Ltd., who have provided their skill and expertise free of charge.

If you wish to know more, have any enquires regarding Caterham-on-the-Ale or would like details around the whole process, then please contact B-List International.


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Rev. Duncan Blessing the Brew