Lemner Ore

Lemner Ore from Swan Brewery pump clip

Colour: Deep gold.

Hops: Herefordshire Cascade.

Grains: Pale, wheat, crystal.

Availability: A seasonal beer brewed for the Leominster Festival. Not in stock at the moment.

The brewery local history enthusiast has been at it again, choosing a name with historical and local connections.  Before that, what of the beer?  The Herefordshire Cascade hops grown over at Townend Farm in Bosbury have proved very popular in Ruffled Feathers, with drinkers relishing the tropical fruit notes they deliver on the palate and nose.  Jimmy Swan has brewed with Cascade again in Lemner Ore, generously hopping the beer late in the boil in the copper.  The deep golden colour is a shimmering delight, and of course fitting with the Ore in the beer's name.  At 4.1%, it's a very workable ABV.

The fine wool fleece from Ryeland sheep raised around Leominster in the Tudor period gave rise to the term Lemster Ore (ore meaning gold).  The high prices which the fleeces could achieve allowed the town, through its wool market, to thrive.  We've changed Lemster to Lemner, a vernacular term for the town usually applied with backhanded affection.  Much credit for the name goes to Phil Saxon at the Grape Vaults on Broad Street.

Let's give the last word on Lemster / Lemner Ore to Elizabethan poet Michael Drayton.

“Where lives the man so dull, on Britain’s farthest shore,
To whom did never sound the name of Lemster Ore?
That with the silkworm’s web for smallness doth compare”