Hops: Instone and Ernest
Grains: Pale, wheat, crystal, chocolate
Availability: Back late January 2019.
Showcasing Instone hops, Mortimer Ale is a ruby ale for those with their heart in the Marches and their head in a history book.
Mortimer Country is north Herefordshire, the heart of the Marches, and is named for the Mortimer family, powerful Marcher Lords. You can find out more through the Mortimer History Society.
The beer itself is creating its own history. It is a uniquely hopped ruby ale, with Instone and Ernest hops. The former is derived from a wild hop, likely to be a Fuggles seedling and it had never been brewed with commercially before Mortimer Ale. Simon Parker of Instone Court in Munderfield is the hop grower. The pleasing colour and 4.5% ABV have created a beer with plenty of character. Look out for the smoky notes from the chocolate malt, and an overall rich fruitiness.
This ale is best enjoyed as you take a break from walking the Mortimer Trail in the wonderful part of the world that is the Marches. Mortimer Ale usually makes an appearance around the anniversary of the Battle of Mortimer's Cross, on February 2nd.