Special beer brewed to benefit St Leonard
A local independent brewery is launching a very special beer on Yorkshire Day in support of St Leonard’s Hospice.
Posted Aug 01

Special beer brewed to benefit St Leonard's

York-based Ainsty Ales Brewery is launching the beer, named ‘Lavished Lenny’ after the Hospice mascot, on 1st August (Yorkshire Day) and 15p from every pint sold will go straight to the Hospice.

The beer is based on a ‘Saison ale’, a refreshing, fruity and spicy pale-ale traditionally brewed in the cooler months to drink during the hot summer months.  It will be dry-hopped with ‘Liberty’, which was specially chosen to achieve not only the desired flavour, but also because the name has links to St Leonard himself!

St Leonard was the patron saint of prisoners, specifically prisoners of war, and was granted the right to liberate those he deemed worthy of release.

However, the idea of liberty is not only a nod to the Hospice’s namesake, it also sits well with the values of the Hospice today as Dawn Clements, Director of Fundraising at St Leonard’s, explains:

“The concept of freedom and choice is key to hospice care. It is very important to us that patients have the freedom to act and speak openly with our staff. As well as end of life care, patients are admitted for symptom control and respite, where we aim to give as much freedom as possible from pain, enabling the best possible quality of life.
Our care also extends to families and carers who have often said that once they have been released from the carer role, they are free to go back to being a daughter, brother, partner or friend… You can see why the idea of ‘liberty’ really spoke to us!”

Andy Herrington of Ainsty Ales said “We’re really pleased at Ainsty Ales to be working so closely with St Leonard’s Hospice. What started nearly four years ago with the Coptoberfest Charity Beerfest has now developed into a great relationship. The Hospice are very supportive of us and we couldn’t think of a more suitable, and very local, York charity to support, not just in 2017 but in the many years to come.”

‘Lavished Lenny’ will be available across the Greater York area and will also feature at this year’s Coptoberfest Charity Beer Festival on October 13th and 14th at St. Giles Church in Copmanthorpe, of which all profits are shared between St Leonard’s Hospice, St. Giles Church and two other local groups in Copmanthorpe. More details about availability can be found on the Ainsty Ales Facebook page.