Dozens of Notts beer drinkers joined brewers, regulars and staff at the Vat and Fiddle pub in Nottingham at a precise and special moment on Monday 15 June to say ‘cheers to beer’.
The get-together marked the year Magna Carta was sealed. And once thetoasting totals, including Nottingham’s are in, the event will be put forward as a Guinness world record for the largest number of people participating in a national ‘cheers’.
At precisely 12.15pm, and exactly 800 years on, Castle Rock’s Liv Auckland invited beer lovers to raise a glass to England’s national drink. “In medieval England, ale was so essential to life that it warranted a mention in Magna Carta,” says Liv.
Clause 35 states:
“Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely “the London quarter”
Castle Rock Brewery has created ‘Runnymede 800’,a 4.2 per cent ABV golden brown bitter ale laced with local honey and using hop varieties from the Commonwealth and the USA – two places where Magna Carta’s principles still form the basis of every citizen’s freedoms.
Liv Auckland says: “Our invitation was for everyone wanting to mark the moment and remember the basic rights the Magna Carta brings us all by coming to the Vat and Fiddle, arming themselves with a beer, and saying ‘cheers’ in harmony with many thousands across the realm.
“Our Runnymede 800 ale, with its Commonwealth and American ingredients, pays tribute to the importance of Magna Carta in the legal systems of the former British Empire, and, most notably, in the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“It’s been a big day in the free world; we’ve added to the fun at the Vat,” she says.