Fuller’s mines London history for new ales


fullers strong aleLondon brewer Fuller’s is delving into the history of London for its latest new ales, 1966 Strong Ale and Traitors’ Gate.

The 1966 Strong Ale, which is 7.3% ABV, is the fourth beer in its Past Masters range of unique ales and is a re-creation of a beer first created at the Chiswick brewery in 1966. Both are pictured above.

Original tasting notes for this dark ruby rich ale reveal an initial spicy banana aroma followed by a rounded middle palate, showing notes of plum and stone fruit, followed by a velvety finish, warming with a hint of caramel.

Fuller’s head brewer John Keeling said: “Strong ale is a great and original-style beer, which truly gives us a taste of the past, rekindling memories of when England lifted the World Cup at Wembley.

“We are so lucky to have all of these fantastic recipes written down by my brewing predecessors. Importantly, we recreate the ingredients and processes to follow the recipe as closely as possible – it really is a glimpse into our unique brewing history.”

Included in the original recipe, which was recreated for the 1966 Strong Ale, are pale ale malt, maize, and Goldings and Fuggles hops, which are added to the brew both early and late, as well as a blend of rich cane sugars and dark cane molasses.

“I’ve really enjoyed looking back at my predecessors’ work to see how we can bring the recipes to life,” John added. “We’re already thinking about the next brew, but as there’s a stack of brewbooks to search through, who knows what year the next one will be from.”

Traitors’ Gate, a new ruby red ale, is the latest addition to the Fuller’s range of seasonal ales. The 4.5% ABV draught cask-conditioned ale is available across many Fuller’s pubs and selected free trade outlets, with a striking red pump clip featuring Traitors’ Gate and a raven, both from the Tower of London.

It is made using a unique blend of Liberty hops from the USA and Galaxy hops from Australia, and a blend of malted rye and barley. It is rich and full bodied with a biscuity malty character, a refreshing citrus nose and subtle, palate-cleansing zesty finish.

John said: “The brewing team at Fuller’s have been successful in producing new exciting ales such as Black Cab and Bengal Lancer that give our customers extra choice. Traitors’ Gate is the very latest, and was developed to complement our core range of ales and to extend our seasonal ale portfolio.”

Fuller’s head of marketing Wade Crouch added: “The identity of Traitors’ Gate reflects our proud heritage and provenance in the most famous capital city in the world. The pump clip looks superb adding stand out, a point of difference and intrigue on the bar.”

fuller's traitors' gate

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