Hops: First Gold, Mosaic, Comet.
Availability: Mid March 2020.
Bald Eagle 3.5% American Pale Ale has quite a story to it. This is the first ale we've brewed to feature Mosaic hops, grown over in the US. Mosaic is a craft brewer's go-to hop with tropical fruit, blueberry and citrus characteristics. We've coupled Mosaic with Comet, another American hop, first brewed with in Swan Small Step and Swan Giant Leap. Comet is known for its spicy, grapefruit notes. Underlying these heavenly aroma hops is a grist of principally pale Maris Otter and English First Gold for bittering. At just 3.5% it's a session strength ale with plenty of character.
The style of the beer, an American Pale Ale, fits well with the name, Bald Eagle which was chosen in a Facebook poll, beating Ugly Duckling. The launch of Bald Eagle is set for Friday 3rd April when brewery founders Gill Bullock and Jimmy Swan are shaving their heads to raise money for specialist treatment for Multiple Sclerosis which Jimmy’s sister, Vicky Swan, is undergoing. The treatment, HSCT, causes her to lose her hair and, in a show of solidarity, they are going bald both on head and chin.
Sponsorship can be given at gofundme.com/f/another-ms-warrior. Supporters, viewers and visitors are invited along to the shave off at 4.30pm on Friday 3rd April, kindly undertaken by Vicky Grange of The Barbers Shop on Drapers Lane in Leominster. All this excitement takes place during the monthly Tasting Day running 9am to 8pm. There will be a line up of 5 cask ales, including Bald Eagle, and food from Ted’s Tacos. Vicky Swan has nominated the charity AIMS Auto Immune and Multiple Sclerosis to be a co-beneficiary of the appeal. Proceeds from the sale of Bald Eagle American Pale Ale are also going into the fundraising pot.