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The 2018 craft beer partner at Portsmouth Seafood Festival has been announced as ‘Bishop Slayer’ Oyster Stout, a collaboration between Emsworth’s Blue Bell Inn and Portsmouth brewers Staggeringly Good.
Owner and chef at The Blue Bell Inn, Emsworth, Giles Babb, will also have his own premium seafood pop-up in the main arena and be out and about meeting and chatting with visitors about his passion for Oyster Stout and Seafood.
Giles says: “The Oyster Stout will be part of the bar offering and is a beautiful pairing with oysters and seafood. Oyster Stout is a rich, intense stout made with fresh south coast oysters that impart a deep, layered minerality and smooth mouthfeel to the blend of 5 speciality malts.”
‘Bishop Slayer’ is named after an infamous incident in 1902 that dragged Emsworth’s reputation into the mud – the Dean of Winchester Cathedral, The Very Reverend William Stephens, died of food poisoning following a banquet containing oysters from the town.
Part of the proceeds from sales of Bishop Slayer beer will go towards the Solent Oyster Project. A project that is helping to restore the native oyster to the Solent. To date, donations have exceeded £300. More information about the Solent Oyster Project can be found here: www.bluemarinefoundation.com/project/solent
Building upon both the wide-ranging interest and local participation in 2017, the Portsmouth Seafood Festival celebrates the city’s seafood and ancient fishing heritage. It’s a free weekend event and takes place on June 30 and July 1.
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Photo: Bishops Slayer Oyster Stout