LION EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER
A BEER IN TWO PARTS
PRIDE OF NOTTINGHAM
"Meet me at the Left Lion" is an expression well known to the good folk of Nottingham, referring to one of the two large stone lions which guard the Nottingham Council House and have historically been a symbol of the city.
Unsurprisingly, most folk refer to them either as "Leo and Oscar" or "Lennie and Ronnie"!
STRENGTH, DIGNITY PRIDE & COURAGE
Lincoln Green Brewery, based in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, have brewed "Lion Extra Special Bitter 5.5%" to celebrate the return of cask ale to the bars of the Great British pub following the pandemic.
The lion is the personification of strength, dignity, pride, courage and is represented as England's national animal - this, together with its link to Nottingham and the determination shown by Britain in the face of Covid-19, make it the perfect name for a special brew.
PUB FRESH BEER
Timed to coincide with the launch of Cask Marque's "Stand Up For Cask" , a celebration of the easing of restrictions from Monday 19th July 2021, and the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) campaign that urges people to visit pubs this summer under the banner of the "Great British Beer Festival At Your Local" (30 July – 8 August 2021), we want to give people a special reason to visit their local.
Cask is the one and only pub-fresh beer. It's flavoursome, fresh and natural, crafted and sustainable, providing jobs and supporting the local economy.
We want you to choose, order, sip and savour the moment. It's worth standing up for, so let's stand together for it.
THE UNSUNG HERO
Fritz Maytag, the former owner of Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, once said "We brewers don't make beer, we just get all the ingredients together and the beer makes itself." He was, of course, referring to the magic of fermentation where yeast converts sugar into alcohol.
Brewers talk endlessly about hops and malt, describing in detail the flavours they bring to their brews. At Lincoln Green, we wanted to showcase the contribution yeast makes to beer - Lion Extra Special Bitter is a beer in two parts; Left Lion is brewed with Nottingham Ale Yeast while Right Lion is brewed with London Ale Yeast.
Will you be able to taste the difference?
LEFT LION - PART ONE
EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER 4.5%
Released to trade on 26 July 2021, this Extra Special Bitter showcases Nottingham Ale Yeast.
RIGHT LION - PART TWO
EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER 4.5%
Released to trade on 02 August 2021, this Extra Special Bitter showcases London Ale Yeast.
The hero of the beer is Chevallier Malt from Crisp Maltings. Chevallier reigned supreme for over 100 years as the dominant barley variety in England from 1820 to 1920. It was propagated all over the world and was being grown in Australia commercially as recently as 1960.
It formed the backbone of all many Victorian ales and in its revived form, it's won awards for its depth of flavour. It has a robust maltiness, like a Maris Otter turned up to eleven, with a rich marmalade character and a long aftertaste.
We've combined it with a little Amber and Brown Malt for added flavour, Roasted Barley in the sparge to add a deep red colour and a touch of malt extract for sweetness.
We use Charles Faram hop merchants for our all out hops at Lincoln Green. For Lion Extra Special Bitter, we looked for varieties that reflect the British heritage of the beer while also giving a contemporary twist.
For heritage, we turned to Pilgrim and Goldings - two great British hops used in many classic beers. The Pilgrim hops came from Hawkins Farming in Herefordshire while the Goldings were farmed at Stocks Farm in Worcestershire by hop legends Richard and Alison Capper.
For a more modern aroma we added Archer® from J&T Walker in Herefordshire, released in 2013 from the Charles Faram Hop Development Programme - it provides a classic British aroma with citrus twist.
We've also used Ernest from SJ Parker at Herefordshire with its “New World” characteristics of predominantly fruity notes, especially apricot, citrus and spice.