At last: A chance to drink beer for a worthy cause…

Organiser Ingrid Pope [pictured] launched Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale last year after seeing a similar event in the US.

TONBRIDGE BREWERY has brought out a special beer to raise awareness and funds for Chasing Connor’s Cure.

Fifty pence from each pint sold in pubs will go straight to the Hildenborough-based charity, which supports research to find a remedy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

It was set up by Matt and Emma Crawford after their son Connor was diagnosed with the condition in February 2016.

Duchenne effects one in 3,500 boys in the UK. It attacks the muscles and in most cases mobility is lost by the age of 10.

It will eventually attack the lungs and heart, with life expectancy limited to the late 20’s. At present there is no cure.

Brewers Paul Bournazian, Mark Gardner and Tim Gunner prepared an amber summer ale that will be made available in pubs next month.

Made from local products and four varieties of hops, and using a special water treatment, it will be similar to the beers for which Tonbridge Brewery has become renowned since it began in 2013.

‘At 4.0 per cent ABV it is a little less alcoholic than some of our other brews,’ said Paul. ‘But it will be a fresh beer and certainly full of flavour.’

‘It’s a tried and tested recipe from a few years ago – with a bit of tweaking,’ added Mark.

Matt was on hand to witness the first ‘mash’, and said: ‘We are very grateful to Tonbridge Brewery for supporting Chasing Connor’s Cure.

‘The brew will be available from early May. From each pint sold, 50 pence will go directly to the charity to help fund the valuable research that is underway in an effort to find a cure for this devastating, fatal disease.’

For more information about the charity, visit

PICTURE: ROLL OUT THE BARREL: (L-R) Paul Bournazian, Matt Crawford and Mark Gardner

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