Region’s new peatland brew is far from bog-standard

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A NORTH Yorkshire micro-brewery is using a shrub taken from the county’s own peatbog reserves to create a new batch of specialist beer.

Trebroom Brewery, established on the site of an old pig barn in Shipton-by-Beningbrough near York in 2012, has brewed ‘Myricale’ using bog myrtle, a shrub which thrives on Yorkshire’s peatlands.

The plant has been supplied by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust from the North York Moors to flavour a beer and five pence from every pint and bottle sold goes to the trust.

Bog myrtle was once a common component in brewing, used to flavour beer in the Middle Ages right up until the 16th century, when hops fell into fashion. Now it is better known for its natural insect repellent properties.

Myricale was created last year as a one-off specialist beer, but the brewery has now created another batch.

Founder John Lewis set up the brewery after working as a research scientist for Cancer Research at York University’s laboratories. He runs the business with his partner, Jane Blackman, a ceramicist from County Durham.

Peatland bog is one of the world’s rarest habitats and is found both on the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.