We're delighted to host a unique silent auction for you to get your hands on an ultra rare bottle of Mills Brewing's Dr Jenner's Muscat Vine. All proceeds from the sale of the beer, which is accompanied by Charles Martell’s Double Berkeley cheese, will be donated to Dr Jenner’s House Museum and Garden’s which has been forced to temporarily close following the Coronavirus outbreak.
This beer, brewed by Jonny and Gen Mills, was aged on Black Muscat grapes handpicked from the 200-year-old grape vine in the grounds of Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden, just yards from their brewery in Berkeley. The vine was introduced by vaccine pioneer Edward Jenner as a cutting from Hampton Court Palace, originally planted by ‘Capability’ Brown.
The grapes were picked in September 2018 and were added to a red Burgundy barrel containing a two-year-old pale beer. The beer is 6.7% ABV and delicate and effervescent, with aromas of red berries, rose and lychee, which marry perfectly with the acidity of the wild fermentation. The use of grapes from pre-phylloxera vines, planted just up the road by Dr Jenner in 1817, makes this a truly special beer.
Double Berkeley was a cheese prevalent in the Berkeley Vale from the 18th century and made with milk from the Gloucester cattle – the same breed as ‘Blossom’ - the cow which helped Dr Jenner in his discovery of vaccination and the eradication of small pox. The cheese disappeared over the last century but was resurrected by Charles Martell in 1984.
Bids are open to anyone in the UK. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE ONLY BEER WE WILL SHIP FROM OUR WEBSITE. ALL OTHER PRODUCTS ARE FOR LOCAL DELIVERY ONLY.
Bids can be entered by emailing [email protected] The bidding will close on Sunday 20th December and the winning bidder will be contacted on Monday 21st.