Horsetown Beers celebrate Middleham’s heritage with launch of five real ales and ciders raising money for Racing Welfare

When you hear the clatter of all the horses’ hooves on the cobbles as they are taken out of their stables to train on the moor it seems as if time has stood still in Middleham“.

Howard Kinder started Horsetown Beers in 2016 with four beers celebrating Malton’s history. Sales exceeded expectations and with 5p from every pint or bottle sold being donated to Racing Welfare, £285 was donated to the charity in the space of 5 months. The range is now being expanded to feature five beers celebrating Middleham’s racing history.

‘Middleham Heritage Ale’, ‘Middleham Races Apple Cider’ and ‘High Moor Gallops Lager’ all feature notes on the founding of Middleham as a racing centre on the labels. ‘Pretender Golden Bitter’ remembers the 1869 Derby winner, trained in Middleham, who was the last horse to win the Derby from the North of England. ‘James Croft Dark Bitter’ recognises the trainer, Croft, who from his Middleham base trained the first four home in the 1822 St Leger.

Today there are around 15 trainers based around Middleham with over 500 horses in training. In 2017, Racing Welfare is organising the annual Middleham Open Day, which will be held on Easter Monday, April 17th. Attendees will have the opportunity to see Middleham’s historic stables and gallops first-hand. Furthermore, Horsetown Beers will have their full range of Middleham and Malton beers available to sample and purchase during the event.

Howard is also about to launch a 5th Malton Beer called Musley Bank Classic Ale which has been chosen by trainer Richard Fahey. Howard is a part-time worker for Richard, making his support of Racing Welfare very relevant.

Howard said “I have worked in horse racing since February 2015 and after spotting what I thought could be an opportunity, I started the business last July. I still work 6 days a week for Richard Fahey, I’m up at 6.30a.m every morning and I work to 12.30p.m, go home and shower up. Then I’m off selling the beers around North Yorkshire. I am excited about the launch of the second range of beers and look forward to promoting these and my support for Racing Welfare at the Middleham Open Day”

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