Greene King has unveiled its latest ale range, Heritage Series.
Two limited edition premium beers, Heritage Suffolk Pale Ale (5%) and Heritage Vintage Fine Ale (6.5%), have been created using East Anglian Chevallier malted barley.
Five preserved Chevallier seeds were re-sown and crops harvested to create the volume required to replicate a traditional Greene King real ale from the 1800s.
Inspired by a recipe from the brewery archives, the Heritage Series beers are bottle conditioned premium ales that are typical of the taste of ales consumed in rural Suffolk in the early 1800s.
With both ales brewed from the Chevallier malted barley, Suffolk Pale Ale uses Saaz and Strisselspalt hops to give the brew a refreshing flavour. Herbal, citrus, floral and spicy notes add to the sweet malt taste for a more easy drinking heritage ale.
Vintage Fine Ale is a rich, flavoursome beer, enhanced by biscuity notes from Amber malt with a hint of caramel. Classic English late hopping varieties Fuggle, Bramling Cross and Goldings add soft fruits, floral and spicy notes to create this rich, complex and full-bodied Vintage Fine Ale.
Clive Chesser, managing director of Greene King Brewing & Brands, said, “These ales are an exciting addition to our stable of beers as they are a wonderful representation of Suffolk ales long thought to be extinct. Working alongside Crisp Malt who has carefully re-introduced the rare Chevallier malt and using our own extensive archive and brewing experience, we have been able to produce these two ales with traditional Suffolk roots.”
Suffolk Pale Ale and Vintage Fine Ale are both available in bottles, priced £2.49.