End of the line for Castle Eden ale

A FAMOUS ale – which was a last reminder of a former brewery – has been taken out of commission.

Castle Eden Ale has been delisted as a product, bringing an end to more than 200 years of heritage.

Bosses at Camerons Brewery had been brewing Castle Eden Ale under licence from another company since 2002.

Before then, it was made at the now demolished brewery in Castle Eden, in east Durham.

But an era is over after Camerons six-year agreement with the ale's brand owner AB InBev came to an end.

AB InBev has decided to discontinue Castle Eden Ale from their portfolio, say Camerons.

A spokesman for Camerons said: "Castle Eden Ale 4.2% was delisted from our range of products on Friday, February 13.

"Camerons Brewery were not the brand owners of Castle Eden Ale. We had been brewing this product under license from AB InBev but they took the decision to discontinue this brand from their portfolio and therefore we had to cease production of Castle Eden Ale.

"We informed all of our tenants and customers about this delist and we have offered them Trophy Special 4.0% as an alternative cask and bottle product as it has a similar colour and flavour profile to Castle Eden Ale."

Castle Eden Ale was believed to have been the last surviving reminder of the Castle Eden Brewery, which closed when it took over the Camerons Lion Brewery in Hartlepool in 2002.

Production of the ale transferred to the newly named Camerons Brewery Ltd in Hartlepool.

Camerons marketing manager Yousef Doubooni said Castle Eden Ale was "a popular beer and a well known beer".

He admitted: "It was known throughout the country and it is a shame that we will no longer be brewing it."

Belgium Anheuser-Busch InBev is the leading global brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies.

The company, which manages a portfolio of over 200 brands that includes global flagship brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's, confirmed to the Mail that the ale was no longer being produced.