Hepworths takes Old Ale to London winter ale festival
Horsham craft brewer Hepworth Brewers & Co has been invited to showcase its Classic Old Ale at a festival taking place this weekend at the White Horse in Parson’s Green, one of the country’s best-known beer ‘shrines’.
The festival, which runs from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November, will feature around 60 of the top winter ales from all over the UK, including old ales, stouts, porters, barley wines, winter warmers and milds. The White Horse is expecting hundreds of beer drinkers to visit over the three days to enjoy the fine ales, food and live entertainment.
Hepworth’s founder and head brewer Andy Hepworth will be at the White Horse from 1.00-3.00 pm on Saturday, hosting a ‘Meet the Brewer’ event for drinkers interested in finding out more about Old Ale and Hepworths more generally.
Andy said, “It’s good to know that when the White Horse was choosing the best winter ales in the country for this festival, our Classic Old Ale was on their list.
“The pub has a long history of promoting fine beers and its festivals are well attended by beer enthusiasts including beer writers and bloggers who we hope will be impressed by Old Ale and spread the word about this fine, traditional Sussex ale.”
Hepworth’s Classic Old Ale is a dark, malty beer with a 4.8% ABV. It is primed with molasses to give it a luscious flavour, while Admiral hops are used to give it a balancing bitterness. From November to March, Old Ale is one of Hepworth’s top-selling beers.
“Old Ale has a delicious taste and warmth that make it the perfect drink for a winter’s day,” said Andy. “It’s also a great accompaniment to seasonal dishes, such as hearty casseroles or roast meat and vegetables, as the slight sweetness in the beer matches the caramelised notes in the food.”
Old Ale recalls the type of beer brewed before the Industrial Revolution, a style embraced by Sussex brewers in particular. In the days before temperature-controlled cellars, it was customary to put a hot poker from the fire into a pint of ‘old’ to release the warming aromas and flavours.
Hepworth’s Old Ale is available on draught and in 500 ml bottles.