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GREENE KING CASK ALES

  

As one of the oldest working breweries in the UK Greene King’s historic brewery based in Bury St Edmunds dates back to 1799, with brewing in the town documented as far back as the Doomsday Book.

  

Greene King as we know it today started its life at two separate breweries lead by characterful gentlemen of their day. Original founder Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds in 1799 and established a brewery. Within 7 years he had joined in partnership with William Buck, an elderly gentleman looking to invest in a business and together they bought Wrights Brewery which they re-named Westgate brewery on the current site today. By 1836 Benjamin had retired and passed the brewery onto his son Edward and in 1868 a rival brewer, Frederick King acquired Maulkins Maltings a stone’s throw from Westgate Brewery, naming it St Edmunds Brewery.

   

Edward Greene and Frederick King operated as competitive neighbouring brewers until 1887 when following a marriage between the two families they decided to merge the businesses. Greene King and Sons was formed. In 1938 the current Brewhouse was built from where we have been crafting quality ales ever since. The brewery now produces ½ million pints of finely crafted beer a day pumping water from its own aquifers below ground and brewing using the traditional gravity method established by Benjamin Greene.

  

We are proud to be showcasing two the nation’s best loved cask beers during the Greene King Cask and Craft festival. Greene King IPA, the fastest selling cask ale in the on-trade and Abbot Ale, so named after the Abbey in the heart of Bury St Edmunds a few hundred metres from the brewery. There is nothing that can rival cask beer for its truly unique and quintessentially Britishness. Fresh from the brewery, the secondary fermentation of the live yeast takes place in the cask barrel meaning the beer continues to develop its flavour and character even after its leaves the brewery.

   

  

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GREENE KING IPA

   

Greene King IPA, our award winning flagship beer is a pint people trust and recommend to friends. The 3.6% abv session ale has a hoppy taste and aroma making it clean, crisp and moreish to drink. As a beer it has become synonymous with sport through its official partnerships with England Cricket and the RFU as the headline sponsor for the Greene King IPA rugby championship and the official England Rugby Community Club partner. Greene King IPA is one of biggest supporters of sport at every level, sponsoring sporting clubs the length and breadth of the country from premiership and county level to local sporting clubs. This deliciously easy drinking cask beer, fresh from the brewery is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon or evening at the pub with mates watching your favourite sport.

 

Greene King IPA
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    ABV

    Cask: 3.6%

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    Malt

    Pale, Crystal, Black

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    Hops

    Challenger, Pilgrim, First Gold

Bitterness

Sweetness

Flavour

An easy drinking, refreshing IPA. Fresh dry hop and herbal character is provided by the mix of Challenger and First Gold hops. The use of crystal malt in the grist gives a satisfying toffee/caramel note and the addition of a little black malt adds just enough astringency to give a clean dry finish.

Pair With

Greene King IPA is a popular, lighter ale that is well matched with curry, spicy foods and lighter blue cheeses.

  

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ABBOT ALE

  

 Ask many of our brewers what is their favourite of all the Greene King beers are you will often hear the words, Abbot Ale. This carefully crafted beer is brewed for longer than most taking seven days to perfect. We think it’s worth the wait and so do many hundreds of thousands of loyal Abbot Ale drinkers. Packed with masses of fruit character Abbot Ale, at 5% abv is a distinctive full bodied, smooth and mature beer, bursting with fruit cake and toffee flavours, providing the drinker with a complex, satisfying and warming experience. So delicious it’s often been said of Abbot Ale, ‘when you’re ready, you’ll find it’!

 

Abbot Ale
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    ABV

    Cask: 5%

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    Malt

    Pale, Crystal

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    Hops

    Challenger, Pilgrim, First Gold, Fuggles

Bitterness

Sweetness

Flavour

Warming, malty and fruity. Pale and amber malts contribute to a mouth-filling and satisfying Horlicks and biscuity maltiness. Challenger and First Gold give a base note of herbal hop and Fuggles as a late hop contributes the main fragrant fruity and floral and spicy notes. Fermented slowly to give just enough fruity esters Abbot Ale provides a complex, satisfying and warming experience.

Pair With

Abbot Ale is well partnered with English cheeses, Sunday roasts and many of our favourite comfort foods.

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