Fuller’s launches Vintage Ale 2018

Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C., the London brewer and premium pub company, has today [26 October 2018] launched Vintage Ale 2018 [8.5% ABV] in bottles. Vintage Ale is Fuller’s annual limited edition, bottle conditioned ale – brewed using carefully selected ingredients. The bottles are available in Fuller’s Brewery Shop and Waitrose & Partners.


This year’s Vintage Ale is a celebration of Fuller’s long-lasting friendships with the hop growers, merchants and maltsters of the UK. It has been brewed using exclusively home-grown ingredients. The beer’s passionfruit, grapefruit and mango notes might be synonymous with the ‘new-world’ hops of America and Australia, but the beer’s tropical flavours in fact come from the British Olicana® hop variety. Alongside Olicana®, Ernest hop from Kent has been added to the brew – a variety that brings apricot, citrus and spicy notes. There are also herby, pine and earthy flavours to discover, from the classic combination of Target, Goldings, Challenger and Northdown hops.


As all Fuller’s malting barley is sourced exclusively in the UK, the malts are also in-keeping with the British theme of this year’s recipe. Vintage Ale 2018 sees the return of Maris Otter malt, a key feature in many Vintage Ale recipes of years gone by. Crystal malt, meanwhile, lends the beer its rich biscuit sweetness.


With the first Vintage Ale being released in 1997, this is the 22nd in the series. All of which can be purchased from Fuller’s online shop - https://shop.fullers.co.uk/collections/vintage-ale.


Georgina Young, Fuller’s Head Brewer, said: “Brewing Vintage Ale is always an exciting time of year. We’re really proud of this year’s beer, it’s a true celebration of the close relationships we have with our colleagues in the wider brewing industry. Once we’d chosen the theme of ‘best of British’ for this year’s beer, my team and I set out to find new ingredients that we’ve not used before – such as Olicana® – but we were keen to use some familiar favourites like Maris Otter. The result is a really fantastic beer which I look forward to drinking for years to come. My advice is to get two bottles of Vintage Ale 2018 – one to enjoy now and one to drink in a few years.”


More information can be found here - https://www.fullers.co.uk/blog/beer-articles/vintage-ale-2018



Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 180 Tenanted pubs and 206 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 781 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 173 locations within the M25. In June 2018 Fuller’s acquired Bel & The Dragon, comprising six stunning country inns (included in the pub numbers above), and the Company also owns The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 17 sites in England and Wales.


The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Frontier Premium London Lager and a variety of cask and craft keg beers supported by a changing seasonal range. The Company owns Cornish Orchards – a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks – and Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business. In February 2018, Fuller’s also acquired Dark Star Brewing, a craft cask brewer based in Sussex.



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