Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Brakspear’s Old Ale brought up to date

BRAKSPEAR’S Old Ale is back after an absence of 12 years.

BRAKSPEAR’S Old Ale is back after an absence of 12 years.

The beer is being made at the mini-brewery at the Bull on Bell Street in Henley and is sold at the pub as well as at the Angel on the Bridge, the Dew Drop Inn in Hurley, the Reformation in Gallowstree Common and the Perch and Pike in South Stoke.

It is the first time the beer has been brewed since the closure of Brakspear’s New Street brewery in 2002.

Chief executive Tom Davies said the idea was sparked when the company treated a number of its tenants to a visit to the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in August.

He said “We were approached by a Campaign for Real Ale member who said, ‘the best beer I’ve ever had was Brakspear Old’ and we started talking about it. We dug up the old recipe from the archives.”



Brewer Malcolm Mayo contacted Peter Scholey who was head brewer at the old brewery.

Mr Davies said: “They discussed it, what was in the recipe and we brewed it. It was just a bit of fun but we have had a really good uptake in the pubs.”

The first batch of the 4.3 per cent ale sold out and more is being brewed before Brakspear decides whether to bring it back permanently.The company may also reintroduce the low-strength Brakspear 2.5.

Mr Davies added: “We welcome feedback. We have got a brewery here so if anyone has anything specific they want to see brewed we can have fun with it.”

Brakspear spent £750,000 turning the Bull into its first managed operation in 2013.

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