Hero’s Ale 500ml bottles
Colour: Chestnut coloured.
Hops: Fuggles and Goldings.
Grains: Pale Maris Otter malt, crystal malt, wheat, amber malt.
Availability: No stock at the brewery. You may find some in local retailers.
The Hero in question is the young man who features on the bottle label, Allan Leonard Lewis. This brave individual, a soldier in the First World War, is Herefordshire’s only county-born Victoria Cross recipient.
Hero’s Ale in bottle is a 4.3% smooth chestnut ale, a slightly stronger ale than that on draught. Herefordshire-grown Fuggles and Goldings are in the recipe, both classic varieties that would have been around at the beginning of the 20th century and which complement each other well.
Swan Brewery was approached by the AL Lewis VC Memorial Fund to brew a special ale to raise awareness of and funds for the project to erect a life-size bronze statue of Allan Leonard Lewis in Hereford.
Also available through the brewery shop, open Fridays until 4pm, is Gwatkins Allan Leonard Lewis VC Cider.