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Special Bitter Ale - ABV 4.8%

Brewed to the same strength, the same recipe and the same yeast  as the last beer of the Black Eagle Brewery that closed in 1965 after over 230 years of brewing. Rich, malty and hoppy.

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  • Style
    StyleSpecial Bitter Ale
  • ABV
    WaterWesterham Greensand Aquifer
  • Malt
    MaltsPale Ale, Crystal T50
  • Hops
    HopsKent Grown: Northdown & West Kent Goldings
  • Yeast
    YeastWesterham House
  • IBU
  • Allergens
    AllergensBarley. Cans Certified Gluten Free
  • Palette
  • Colour
  • Aroma
    AromaFruity, Malty, Apricot
  • Taste
    TasteWarming, Full, Dry Finish
    • Sweet
    • Bitter

My Story

The Black Eagle Brewery, built in 1730, was the first piece of Westerham’s rich beer heritage.

The brewery closed in 1965 when the head brewer, Bill Wickett, brewed 3 barrels of Special Bitter Ale for the last beer. To preserve the yeast from the brewery, Bill deposited it at the National Collection of Yeast Cultures.

Forty years later, Westerham's head brewer, mashed in 12 barrels of that same 1965 Special Bitter Ale brewed with the Black Eagle yeast, reviving the last beer of Kent's best brewery.

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