Fuller’s launches Vintage Ale 2016

Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C., the London brewer and premium pub company, has released its 2016 edition of Vintage Ale, the annual limited-edition brew made using the choicest ingredients from the year. 

All bottles are individually numbered and will be available from Fuller’s Brewery Shop in Chiswick, online at https://shop.fullers.co.uk/products/vintage-ale-2016 and across selected supermarkets.  

The 2016 Vintage Ale (8.5%ABV), is the 20th edition in the range and brings together Marisota malt with classic British hops (Challenger, Goldings and Northdown) and the aromatic Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand  - used here both for bittering and as a dry hop. The global combination of ingredients gives rise to a rich and complex amber beer, with aromas of sherry and Cognac, and a flavour profile that picks out toasted grains and sweet cherry Bakewell Tart.

Fuller’s Head Brewer John Keeling said: “Like its counterparts of previous years, this is a truly distinguished bottle-conditioned ale. Each vintage improves in the bottle with time. Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle, which will mature slowly over the years like a fine wine or whisky - well beyond the 'best before' date that we are obliged to state.”

Also available: Brewer’s Reserve No.5. Aged for 18 months in 30-year-old whisky casks, Brewer’s Reserve No.5 is a full-bodied limited-edition beer, infused with the secrets of whisky-soaked wood. Pouring a dark brown colour, it has a sherry-like aroma with notes of bourbon on the nose, while on the palate, it delivers sweet biscuit, fruitcake flavours and ripe notes of cherry - ending with a warm, smooth and satisfying finish. This special edition beer is available to buy in the Brewery Shop and online at https://shop.fullers.co.uk/products/brewers-reserve-no-5


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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 196 Tenanted Inns and 194 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 665 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 2014, Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake in The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business and has recently increased this to 76%. The Stable has 14 sites in England and Wales. 

The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Oliver’s Island, ESB, Organic Honey Dew and Frontier Craft Lager. In 2013, the Company acquired Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks. Fuller’s is also the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the premier US craft beer. In December 2015, Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake in Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business.