Bewick’s Best 500ml bottles
Hops: Challenger and Goldings.
Grains: Pale Maris Otter, crystal and chocolate malts; wheat.
Availability: 1st June 2020.
Bewick’s Best bottled best bitter has 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 in Herefordshire, 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, alongside a touch of chocolate malt, to a copper hue. Of course Bewick’s in the beer name comes from Cygnus columbianus bewickii, Bewick’s Swan.
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
This classic bottled best bitter would be best enjoyed sitting in the dappled shade in your garden, watching the birds dart around in flight and landing on the branches.