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The Midweek Drink - Harvey’s Brewery Old Ale

Good afternoon and welcome to the Midweek Drink on this drab and wet day. With summer now been and gone, it’s Autumn’s time to shine…excluding the summer sun that we all adored for the past couple of months.

But Autumn shouldn’t put you on a downer, as this is, what I believe, to be the cosiest and tranquil season of the year! With the leaves on the trees transforming into shades of reds and yellows; the morning sunrise painting the sky in pastel pinks and oranges - rainy days, too - and also Sober October has now started!

So maybe enjoy this season with a few beverages of your choice with us here to help you to accomplish a month of sobriety.

For today’s Midweek Drink, I shall be reviewing an Old Ale brewed by Harvey’s Brewery.

(For those who may have missed my last review on Harvey’s Brewery history, I have been kind enough to share it with you below. Enjoy!)

A brief history of Harvey’s Brewery

Harvey’s Brewery has been linked with John Harvey since 1751. Originally from London, records show that during the 1790s, the Harvey family were supplying wine and port in the Lewes area. 

In 1859, Henry Harvey, John Harvey’s son, began brewing and supplying Porters and Stouts to family owned public houses until his death. 

Fast-forward to the 20th century, the brewery began to see a brighter future with the help from Eric Rundle and Anthony Jenner, by taking the brewery out of debt and brewing award winning beers.

Three senses and a beverage

The ingredients used in Old Ale are: water, malted barley, sugar, hops, carbon dioxide, colour-caramel.

Harvey’s Old Ale comes in a 275ml glass bottle and is a low-alcohol (0.5%) ale.

Now, as this old ale goes colour-wise, it keeps to the tradition of having that dark-caramel colour, with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and a high amount of carbonation can be seen running up the glass, faintly.

The aroma of toffee can be clearly picked out with hints of the malted barley just following behind it.

There is a taste of sweet toffee at the beginning, combined with a slight dried fruitiness, which is then nicely finished off with a thin, dry aftertaste.

Where to buy Harvey’s Brewery Old Ale

Here at LightDrinks, you can pick up Harvey’s Brewery Old Ale for just £1.19 per bottle.

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