Bewick’s Best

Bewick’s Best Bitter from Swan Brewery
4.5%

Colour: Copper.

Hops: Challenger and Goldings.

Grains: Pale Maris Otter, crystal and chocolate malts; wheat.

Availability: January & February 2020.

Bewick’s Best is a proper best bitter at a comfortable 4.5%, with Challenger hops added at the beginning of the boil for crispness and Head Brewer’s favourite Goldings hops for spicy, honey aromatic hop character.  These two hop varieties are grown locally, with Challenger’s first brew being in the early 70s and Goldings being a venerable breed from at least as far back at the 19th century.  This classic ale is full bodied with notes of sweetness from the crystal malt which also enhances the colour to a shimmering copper hue alongside the touch of chocolate malt.  Of course Bewick’s in the beer name comes from Cygnus columbianus bewickii, Bewick’s Swan.

Rare breed pork rolls from Hilltop Farm
Rare breed pork rolls from Hilltop Farm

If you like the sound of this best bitter and would like to be one of the first to try it, please put Friday 7th February in your diaries 9am to 6pm when we have our first Tasting Day of 2020.  Food on the day will be from Hilltop Farm Pig Roasts of Cotheridge, Worcestershire, rare breed pork rolls with homemade apple sauce, stuffing and crackling, with falafels for the non-meat eaters.

Bewick's Best Bitter with wood engraving feather
Bewick's Best Bitter with wood engraving feather

Bewick's swans were named for Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) wood engraver and naturalist.  You can read more about the man described as Northumberland's greatest artist through the Bewick Society.  You'll also see a nod to his skill as a wood engraver in the style of the feather on the pump clip.  Many leading artists and illustrators carry out printmaking in the Bewick tradition today.  For examples of their work visit the Society of Wood Engravers website www.woodengravers.co.uk