New Mortimer Ale from Swan Brewery
Date Posted: 25th January 2017
has been launched by the Swan Brewery to celebrate the Battle of Mortimers Cross , which took place on 2 February 1461. The beer can be sampled at pubs in www.exploremortimercountry.com in north Herefordshire. Ideal beer to finish a great day's walking on The Mortimer Trail, which stretches from Ludlow to Kington.
HOPS: Instone and Ernest
GRAINS: Pale, wheat, crystal, chocolate
An ale for those with their heart in the Marches and perhaps 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 has never been brewed with before. 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, or perhaps at the Mortimers Cross Inn on the anniversary of the Battle of Mortimer's Cross, on February 2nd.
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