Monday, 20 September 2021

Beer returns after 20 year hiatus

BRAKSPEAR has brought back a beer that was last brewed 20 years ago

BRAKSPEAR has brought back a beer that was last brewed 20 years ago.

Its Bell Street brewery has reintroduced Brakspear Mild, to its original recipe, and will be available until the end of March.

The dark brown ale was last brewed in 1996, when Brakspear had its brewery in New Street.

Claire and Mick Sugg, licensees at the Hare & Hounds at Sonning Common, approached Brakspear in December to ask if Brakspear Mild could make a comeback.

Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive, said: “We thought it sounded like a good idea. We spoke to other Brakspear pubs who sell the Bell Street beer and they agreed, so it was all systems go.

“We opened the Bell Street Brewery in order to bring brewing back to Henley and it has been a delight to restore some of the most popular Brakspear beers and allow drinkers locally to enjoy them again.”

Head brewer Malcolm Mayo, added: “Recreating beers from the original recipes has been an interesting challenge and we’re pleased with the results. The beers have found favour both with drinkers who remember them from days gone by, and with younger consumers discovering them for the first time.”

Brakspear Mild has a reddish tinge, a chocolate taste with a hint of caramel, and a delicate bitterness. It is brewed with crystal, amber and chocolate malts and minstrel hops.

It is currently on sale at the Three Horseshoes on Reading Road, Henley, Bull on Bell Street, Henley, Hare & Hounds at Sonning Common, the Flower Pot at Aston, the Rainbow, Middle Assendon, and the Horns at Crazies Hill.

Brakspear has made the finals of this year’s Publican Awards, a national competition to find the best pub operators, shortlisted for the Brewing Pub Company of the Year title. The winner will be announced in March.

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