A vintage ale that gets our vote

A close-run referendum dominated headlines in 2016, with a change at Number 10 the end result. Here at Griffin Brewery though, our focus was on number 20 – as our latest limited-edition Vintage Ale, the 20th in the series, launched to unanimous acclaim.

A successful union

Every year since 1997, we’ve picked out the year's finest hops and malts to make a special Vintage Ale. In 2016, alongside classic British hops, we elected to use the aromatic Nelson Sauvin variety from New Zealand – and it instantly makes its presence felt alongside the warming alcohols and rich malt character long associated with the series.

The result is a smooth, rich, and deliciously different Vintage Ale – a successful union of home-grown and far-flung ingredients.

Brewer's notes

A bottle-conditioned beer, Vintage Ale 2016 continues to mature right up until it's opened. When the time comes, expect a deep amber pour with notes of sherry and Cognac on the nose, and rich, complex flavours that hint at toasted grains and sweet cherry Bakewell Tart.

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Ingredients

 
Water
Ale yeast
Malts: Crystal, Pale
Hops: Challenger, Denall, Fuggles, Goldings, Northdown, Organic First Gold, Target

Nutrition (per 100ml)

  Keg/bottle Cask
Energy (Kcal): 84
Energy (KJ): 344.5
Protein (g): 0.64
Carbohydrates (g): 5.51
Bitterness (IBU): 40
ABV: 8.5

Food pairing

The ultimate beer for a decadent dessert.

Golen amber in colour with aromas and flavours of nuts, toffee, caramel and fruit (particularly orange). Its full body will match the dense texture of the pudding with the beers' sweetness complementing the toffee and the overall sweetness in the dessert.