(Available October – March)
Old Ale is a firm favourite during the autumn and winter months. A dark, warming brew. Burnt sugars and roasted malts compliment the premium Maris Otter barley, supplanting the light bitterness of aroma hops. With hints of dried fruit and dates, this rich ale has been likened to the oak: steadfast throughout the year, regardless of the season.
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.
Allergy Advice: Contains Barley
ABV: 4.3% (3.6% in bottle)
Tasting Note: Rich and dark. Soft and full bodied, with hints of dried fruits and dates.
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.