Old Ale

(Available October – March)

As the nights begin to draw in and there is the first hint of the winter to come, we start to brew the season’s “Winter Warmer”. Harvey’s Brewery Old Ale is extremely popular and eagerly anticipated in October when it returns from summer recess. 

Old Ale is brewed in the county of Sussex with an original gravity of 1040o – 1044o to give an alcohol by volume of 4.3%. A high percentage of crystal malt and black malt sugars are used and the result is a soft, full beer with a nutty palate which has been awarded numerous prizes over the years. The beer is reminiscent of the mild ales produced in the early part of the last century and is eagerly awaited by its many devotees.

It was Harvey’s Brewery’s first beer to win a National Award in 1952 and has won many other accolades since, including World’s Best Mild at the World Beer Awards in 2015.

Key Info

Allergy Advice: Contains Barley
ABV: 4.3% (3.6% in bottle)

  • Old Ale Glass

Cask Ale is also known as cask-conditioned beer or real ale. It’s not pasteurised and is very much alive; the brewer’s yeast is still active – conditioning the beer from a fining bed (or lees) at the bottom of the cask.

This conditioning takes the form of natural carbonation which has a much more subtle stimulation of the taste sensors than artificially added gases used to dispense keg beers from pressurised containers.

Harvey’s Brewery also produce a range of Seasonal Draught Brews – each available for roughly a month. Trade customers should note that due to popular demand, pre-orders are advisable on all Seasonal Draught Brews and to purchase the Armada Ale, IPA, Sussex Mild or Olympia to contact our Lewes shop.

Harvey’s Brewery is best known for the following cask ales produced for the pubs in Southern England.