New beers in Thame pubs?

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NEW beers could be on their way to the area after employees at Oak Taverns went to discover new recipes.

The company runs the Cross Keys and Thame Brewery, both in Thame, and the Green Dragon and Rising Sun in Haddenham.

Oak Tavern’s managing director Simon Collinson is pictured during one of these beer hunts in the Brewhouse of the Budweiser Budvar brewery in Budweis, Southern Bohemia, inspecting the hops with head brewer Josef Tolar.

The Cross Keys, Rising Sun and Swan Faringdon have already begun serving Budvar Original and Budvar Dark, which can also be served as a mixture of the two, known in the Czech Republic as half and half.

Mr Collison said: “We were looking for a real lager brewed in a traditional Central European way and in Budvar we found two. Original is produced by a natural 100 day brewing cycle whilst most drinks that pass as lagers are lucky to get 30 days.

“It uses no hop extracts but only glorious whole Bohemian hops with natural spring water from an ice age lake 300 metres under the brewery.”

Budvar Dark is a dark lager given a chocolaty taste by the three malts used in its brewing.