So, this is a special beer. Just 1215 bottles brewed, in joint celebration of beer day (15th June, that’s today) and the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carter (in 1215, hence the number of bottles produced). The distinctive thing about this bottle-conditioned golden ale is that it contains botanicals representing the four members of the UK, in addition to the Sovreign and Boadicea hops and Maris Otter barley. They are: seaweed for Wales; flax seed for Northern Ireland; heather for Scotland and rose petals for England.
Brewster’s Britannia’s Brew
Orange/gold colour. Quite flat. Subdued but interesting nose of warm herbs and spice with a bit of malt. The palate is savoury, slightly bitter, slightly earthy and a bit herby. It’s well balanced, pleasant and quite English, with medium body, but it is a bit flat, alas, which makes this bottle taste a bit more cask-like, which isn’t a terrible thing. 7/10