A dark amber beer with a full malty palate.
Slightly burnt, bitter aftertaste, and a superbly smoky flavour. A staple of Bonfire Night festivities.
South East Sussex CAMRA: Beer of the Year 2019, Beer Bods: Beer of the Year 2019, CAMRA Spa Valley Beer Festival 2018: Gold | BBI 2016: Diploma | 2015 Worthing Beer Festival: Sussex Beer of the Festival | National Hop Association and the Horticultural Research International Competition 2002:‘Ultimate Beer with BBQs’ Winner
Originally brewed to commemorate the gallant work of the Fire Brigade during the fire at the brewery in July 1996 and was originally called ‘Firecracker’. We now brew this for the bonfire boys and belles of Lewes for the November 5th celebrations each year.
Bonfire Boy is an Amber Ale brewed to an original gravity of 1066 – abv 5.8 %. A small quantity of black malt is used to impart the suggestion of smoke.
Brewed for bonfire night, this chestnut-coloured ale has bags of toffee and caramel on the nose, and develops on the palate with rich, fruity sweetness and a pleasing toastiness, happily evoking bonfire toffee rather than the bonfire itself.
It complements the caramelisation of grilled or barbecued meats quite wonderfully, and harmonises really well with ginger and cinnamon, making it a perfect match for any kind of tagine.
Pete Brown: Author, Broadcaster, Consultant, Beer Lover.
As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic we are operating with a scaled back team at Harvey's.
Our team is slowly being brought back to work, with their safety our highest priority.
We continue to brew as we have done throughout the pandemic; reproducing and preserving our unique yeast strain, at our safest maximum capacity to get our beer ready to sustain the resumption of trading.
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