The new P&O cruise ship, the Britannia, has chosen a Crouch Vale beer for passengers to enjoy whilst sailing the world.
The ship, which can carry more than 4,300 passengers, features a traditional pub on board housing ‘The Great British Beer Menu’ – featuring over 70 ales, beers and ciders from every corner of Britain to create a beer map of the UK.
One of the beers is Brewers Gold, brewed at the Crouch Vale Brewery at Haltwhistle Road, near Ferrers road.
James Partridge, 50, is from Coggeshall has been working at the brewery for 15 years.
“Its very flattering,” he said. “To think that our beer will be drunk all around the world. There’s a lot of competition. In Essex there’s 30 breweries and over a thousand in the UK so its very pleasing.”
The beer was named Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival 2005 and 2006, and is described as a “pale, refreshing and hoppy beer with gorgeous aromas of tropical fruits”.
The 330m-long Britannia set sail last month maiden voyage, which took in France, Spain and Italy and was named by the Queen in her home port of Southampton.