The Return of Ben Truman
1st anniversary of Truman’s return to East London brewing
Truman’s has celebrated the first anniversary of its return to brewing in London with a special edition of one of its most illustrious beers.
Ben Truman 1883 Export Pale Ale is based on a recipe from the Victorian era and uses 8 different hops – from Britain, Bavaria, Bohemia and the US – to create a stunning 6.0% Pale Ale with real depth of flavour. It is now available in cask across selected London pubs and in bottle via the Truman’s website and specialist retailers.
James Morgan, Managing Director, commented:
“We really wanted to mark the first anniversary of Truman’s return to East London brewing with something special – and Ben Truman Export is just that. Everyone has been asking us when we were going to brew “Ben” once again and, as ever, we’ve blended tradition and modernity in one great beer.”
“The last 12 months have been fantastic for us. The support we’ve had from both publicans and the public has been overwhelming – we’ve sold more beer to more pubs than we could have ever imagined. We’re getting close to capacity just one year after opening the Eyrie, our new brewery in Hackney Wick. The next 12 months sees a substantial new investment in our equipment, enabling us to meet demand for Truman’s beers in 2015 and beyond.”
Ben Truman 1883 Export Pale Ale – 6.0% ABV
Brewed to celebrate the first anniversary of Truman’s return to London, this is a “re-imagination” of one of Truman’s best-loved beers. Based on a recipe from 1883, we used 8 different hops (from Britain, Bavaria, Bohemia and the US) and finished with a punchy dry-hop.
To make the beer extra special we invited Derek Prentice, one of the UK’s most respected brewers, to help us brew it. Derek brewed Ben Truman when he worked at the original Truman’s brewery in Brick Lane: “I have this enormously fond memory of when I joined of bringing down what we used to call the PA1. That was the Ben Truman Pale Ale and that was the beer that we would all drink as brewers.”
The beer was designed by Derek and our Head Brewer Benedikt Ott. Using an old 1880s Truman’s recipe as their source material, the pair designed a 6% Pale Ale brewed with a mixture of their favourite hops from the four countries specified in the original recipe. The beer has a strong, complex hop presence, balanced out by a malt base of Maris Otter Pale Ale and Munich Malt.