40TH BREW LIVES ON

Cotswold Lion beer was sold in bottles and on draught last year across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and will be available again this year.

Managing Director of Hook Norton Brewery James Clarke said:

" Cotswold Lion beer has been a great success and we're very keen to keep producing it. We will continue to support the AONB with 5p off every bottle going to conservation work in the Cotswolds".

The beer, which will be available on tap in selected pubs in May and June is named after the traditional breed of Cotswold sheep, once known as the Cotswold Lion due to its long 'lion-like' mane. Cotswold Lions are descended from the sheep that were brought to the area in Roman times.

The fleece of the Cotswold sheep produced the wool that ensured a booming wool trade in the Cotswolds and England from the middle ages onwards.