5.6% ABV | Old Ale/ESB
Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition. In the early years of the modern brewing era, about two hundred years ago, many brewers produced a dark, strong ‘stock’ beer in the winter months, to provide a base amount of fermented beer to add to beers brewed in the rather more volatile months of the summer. Old Peculier probably owes its origins to this. The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer!
For many years in the north of the UK it was affectionately called Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’, whilst down south it was often referred to by drinkers as a very rich ESB! If you’re familiar with ESBs you’ll know they often have pronounced malt and caramel flavours, and this Old Ale showcases these flavours and more! Old Ales go back as far as the 18th century when beers were stored in wooden barrels for a year or more before they were ready to drink – often they were blended with other younger ales, forming the basis of many EPAs and ESBs.
Old Peculier is a beautiful, yet very simple beer, brewed using a very generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with the majestic and noble ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce a beer of awesome full-bodied flavour with subtle cherry and rich fruit overtones. It tastes superb when accompanied by rich stews, strong cheeses and sweet puddings.