January, it certainly did feel like a very long month, I am thankful that the first month of 2021 is over and I am now looking forward to seeing what February has to bring. 

In brief, this is what I am hoping to achieve throughout the shortest month of the year!

Firstly, I am deeply excited and looking forward to sampling some more wonderful beers and whiskies, especially a selected handful that I’ve never tasted before, in my mind, it’s all about experimenting new flavours through the palate. 

Secondly, to help and boost The Cask Connoisseur, I am going to be running a selection of adverts on my social media platforms, the reason for this is because I want to get my name out into the world, I want bloggers and people to know why I am passionate about The UK’s Brewing and Whisky Industry.

Finally, most importantly, my aim is to continue and deliver enormous amounts of content over the next coming weeks, so please stay tuned!

Moving swiftly on, last week I posted two reviews on two famous and historical beers from my hometown, Burton Upon Trent! 

The beers were, Masterpiece IPA and Czar’s P2 Imperial Stout!

Today, I am moving from Staffordshire and over to the county border of Derbyshire with Leicestershire, where I’ll be focusing on two beers from The Leatherbritches Brewery!

This post will be based on the stunning beer called, Ashbourne Ale


Ashbourne Ale is a traditional and classical beer which is proudly brewed by The Leatherbritches Brewery. The brewery is located in North Leicestershire and is situated in the small town of Ashby-De-La-Zouch. 

The Leatherbritches Brewery has been classified as being one of the oldest breweries in the county of Leicestershire.  

The brewery was established in 1994 and was operating inside an old wash house which was situated behind The Bentley Brook Inn, in Ashbourne. The team remained here up to 2007 before taking the decision to relocate. During the process of the business transferring to a new site, all beers from the brewery were being brewed at the Falstaff Brewery in Derby. 

In 2011, after relocating from its former site in Ashbourne, the brewery made one final move and now sits comfortably inside The Tap House within Ashby-De-La-Zouch. 

Over the past five years, the brewery has become a popular showcase in most of Staffordshire’s pubs, the beers can be found in a handful of pubs, especially the flagship beers such as Hairy Helmet, Ashbourne Ale and Bespoke. 

The brewery named Ashbourne Ale after the market town of Ashbourne which is located in the Derbyshire Dales which is one of the finest areas surrounded by Natural Beauty!

Once travel can resume in the UK, I would highly recommend you all to visit Ashbourne and stop off at some of the famous villages like Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth, they are totally worth a visit!

Finally, the brewery has gone further afield and has now started to produce a wide range of craft ales and most of these beers can be bought from Leatherbritches Brewery shop or from Brews Of The World!

This is an outstanding brewery and I can’t wait to tell you all how beautiful this beer was! It was absolutely perfect. 

Tasting Notes

Ashbourne Ale is a classical and traditional Best Bitter that is copper in colour. The beer has a unique and pleasant malty character. It delivers a sweet bitter finish which is completely smooth and refreshing. 


Ashbourne Ale is proudly brought to you all today by the amazing beer shop, Brews Of The World which is located in Burton Upon Trent!

This is the shop to go to if you want to find some of the finest beers from around the UK and many parts of the world, I highly recommend it so much, the prices are considerate and the beer always tastes good. 

I was utterly thrilled to see Ashbourne Ale was available for the takeout service and it made me think a new beer that I’ve never sampled before, Yes I’ll have one pint, I said to Chris!

If you wanted to purchase a bottle of Ashbourne Ale from the shop, it’s retailed at Β£3.00 which is an outstanding price, if I was you, I would consider getting six bottles which would only cost Β£18.00. 

I was glass ready and now it was time to pour the beer and wow, what fantastic smells! Beautiful sweet aromas which had a connecting malty hoppy taste, it was perfect and stunning. 

I will have to admit, it’s relatively rare that I actually sample many bitters, I mean some that I’ve sampled in the past were not the greatest and to be fair my palate was against the flavour, on the other hand, I love a good pint of Draught Bass! 

However, I was prepared to take the gamble and when it came to trying this beer, I was blown away, it was so enjoyable, it’s like my palate has taken a turn and can actually take the flavour of the classic best bitters. 

This is truly a great beer and one that makes Ashbourne and Leicestershire so special and it’s now made me think, I’ve tried this beer once, I can’t wait to try it again!

I highly recommend this beer to you all, and when it’s safe to travel again, I would also recommend you to travel around Ashbourne and Ashby-De-La-Zouch and take in the stunning views for yourself, if you are lucky enough, you may come across the tremendous Ashbourne Ale on tap in one of the pubs of the town. 

Finally, when you all have the chance to visit the UK, please do check out Brews Of The World, I can guarantee you will find a beer that you’ll love!


The Cask Connoisseur 

This is a collaborative post with Brews Of The World, all beer review posts are subject to my own honest opinion. 

11 Comments on “Ashbourne Ale 4.0% ABV”

  1. This sounds like a great beer. I don’t drink ale very often but my brother in law is always looking for new ones to try so I will suggest this one to him.

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  2. Hi Luke. Despite the passage of (lots of!) time, I’ve never really moved on from what I drank in my teens and 20s – mostly lager and the occasional cider. I’ve had periods of drinking bitter but never really stuck with it. Is Ashbourne Ale the drink that will finally convert me? πŸ™‚

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