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Beer Backstory: Adam Henson’s Rare Breed

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February 21, 2018

Adam Henson’s Rare Breed combines a shared passion for farming and brewing, to create a distinctive, refreshing and clean-tasting golden ale. But who is Adam Henson, and why have we named a beer after him?

Adam grew up on his parent’s family farm in the rolling Cotswold hills. This is what sparked his early enthusiasm to become a farmer. The farm first opened to the public in 1971 and Adam, alongside his three sisters, was always around to help. He went to school locally and then worked at Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire before going to college in Devon where he gained a higher national diploma in agriculture and its management. During this time he became great friends with Duncan Andrews (who now helps run Cotswold Park Farm with him) and after college they went travelling together to Australia, New Zealand, California and Canada.

When Adam took over the Cotswold Park Farm Estate from his father in 1999 he continued to keep it home to over 50 breeding flocks and several herds of British rare breed animals. In 2001 Adam applied for a presenting position on Countryfile. Coming from a thespian family the media world was no stranger to him! He took to it like a duck to water. Adam often presents from his farm at home giving him the opportunity to share first-hand what the life of a livestock and arable farmer in these modern times is like. He’s still a firm Countryfile-fan favourite.

Alongside all of this Adam has teamed up with Chef Nigel Slater, presented live TV alongside Kate Humble, regularly written pieces for Countryfile magazine as their resident farmer and has written three books. Making a beer alongside us just seemed to nicely top that list off!

Rare Breed is the result of Adam Henson’s dedication to sustainable farming and a passion for characterful, artisanal beer. With ingredients from the great West Country, only the finest Maris Otter malting barley and aromatic Fuggles hops, delicious, fruity Cascade and Amarillo hops and, of course, purest Mendip Spring Water, Rare Breed is a distinctive, clean tasting pale ale with a smooth, citrus twist. A bold, standout beer that’s one of a kind. It works perfectly with a full English breakfast, delightful eggs benedict or a light seafood lunch.

Thank you Adam, thank you to the glorious west country and thank you beer!