Squiffy Duck

Cheshire Wildlife Trust has launched a new beer called ‘Squiffy Duck’ to help raise funds.

The trust teamed up with Merlin’s Micro Brewery to create the new brew which will be available for sale this month.

The beer is a 4% amber ale made using English malts and hops and will be sold in bottles and on draught, co-branded as Merlin’s Micro Brewery and Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

And in a competition to give the beer a name, Kathryn Pilling was the lucky winner with the aptly named ‘Squiffy Duck’.

She will be visiting the brewery based in Arclid for a tour and to collect her prize of a polo shirt, hoodie and a case of the beer.

The family-run micro-brewery has been brewing craft ale since 2010 and has won ten awards, including at The Champion Beer of Cheshire annual competition.

“We loved the name Squiffy Duck and it is already proving a real hit with our venues,” said Sue Peart, from Merlins Micro Brewery.

“Our brewery has always strived to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. We only use renewable energy, and have on-site reed beds to return waste water to the earth.

“We are proud to now go one step further and show our support for Cheshire Wildlife Trust.”

The new ale will be available throughout the county and has even been chosen to be stocked by Marlpool Brewery in Nottingham.

It will be on sale in the Beer Dock in Nantwich and Crewe, as well as The Bhurtpore Inn in Aston, the Cholmondeley Arms near Malpas, and a range of other pubs in towns across the county.

Sam Salisbury, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We’d like to thank the team at Merlins Micro Brewery for developing this new beer in support of our work.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities for local companies and people to support wildlife and we’re excited to announce the launch of this beer.”

Cheshire Wildlife Trust manages around 40 nature reserves and inspires thousands of people to get close to wildlife every year.

15% of each sale by Merlins Micro Brewery will support Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.

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