Historic beers tasting sessions planned as part of Celebrate Richmond 950

Brewlab's Keith Thomas.

Real ale lovers are being offered the opportunity to taste historic beers recreated by craft brewers as part of the Celebrate Richmond 950 event.

The tasting sessions are being run next month by brewing training and analysis company Brewlab.

Marcia McLuckie, chair of the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association, which is organising the celebrations, said: “Indulge your interest at one of these sessions that will cover beers from important periods in brewing –monastery and Tudor ales, the development of porters and stouts and the Victorian brewing heritage, each illustrated with examples and comparisons to contemporary craft ales, including from the Richmond Brewing Company.

“Each session will look at ingredients specific to recipes of the time, brewing practices and drinking lore.

“We will also explore whether knowledge of historic beers can contribute to today’s brewing and look at examples of recreated ales from the past.”

Brewlab is offering three stand alone sessions on September 3, 10 and 17 from 7pm to 9pm at Richmond Town Hall.

Tickets are £15 per person and places are limited to 20 per tasting session.

Visit www.brewlab.co.uk/product/brewing-talk-and-tasting to book your tickets.

Brewlab are also offering the opportunity to develop your fermentation skills in practical fermentation workshops illustrating production techniques, ingredients and quality control for beer, cider, fruit wines, kombucha, yoghurt and sourdough.

At the end of the session participants will be given cultures to use at home.

These workshops are to be held on September 5, 12 and 19 from 1pm to 3pm in conjunction with Richmond Brewing Company at The Station in Richmond.

Tickets are £5 per person with places limited to 8 per workshop.

To book, please go to www.brewlab.co.uk/product/fermentation-workshop

All proceeds from the workshops and talks go to the Celebrate Richmond 950 fund.

For a full list of Celebrate Richmond 950 events, please visit www.richmond950.co.uk