Cheers! The toast is Holy Island

A NORTH Northumberland landmark has launched its own beer, made with ingredients from its very own garden.

Lindisfarne Castle last week unveiled its Dark Ale, created by Whitley Bay-based Delavals, at the National Trust shop on Holy Island.

Inspired by the Castle’s wonderful walled garden designed in 1911 by Gertrude Jekyll, it makes use of hyssop – an ancient healing herb used by brewers for almost 3,000 years and particularly popular during Elizabethan times.

Described by Delavals as a ‘dark ale with an Elizabethan twist’, it is ‘a wonderfully sweet and malty ale with a subtle minty chocolate taste and a silky finish’. A little money from every bottle sold helps to restore Holy Island Village Hall.

At 4.0 per cent ABV, the ale can be enjoyed on its own or with food and is recommended as particularly good with hearty dishes including sausages, roast beef, lamb, game and smoked salmon, and brilliant with sticky toffee pudding.

Lindisfarne Castle Dark Ale costs £3 a bottle and is available in the National Trust shop on Holy Island, as well as other local Trust properties.