CROPTON BREWERY Beer has been brewed in Cropton since 1613. The early brews were illegal, and any wrong do-ers were sent to York Gaol. It's likely that the local women helped in the production of the earlier beers, and the 'Ale Wives' as they were known, were often cursed if they produced a bad brew. In 1984, the ancient craft of brewing returned to the village when Cropton Brewery was established in the cellars of the New Inn.
Fat Dragon Traditionally brewed premium pale ale with carefully selected British ingredients. A combination of the finest English malt gives this powerful golden brew a wonderful sweet finish with a fine hoppy balance. Scoresby A traditional stout combining dark roasted barley with Challenger and Goldings hops. This rich, dark and aromatic brew proves popular with stout fans everywhere. Containes malted barley. Approved by the Vegetarian Society of the U.K. Two Mugs A classic bitter using Challenger and Golding hops. A hoppy flavour with a nutty aftertaste. Containes malted barley. Two Mugs is a US version of UK Two Pints, so called as one pint is worht two of any other (obvious really!). Approved by the Vegetarian Society of the U.K.
BREWERY HEPWORTH Hepworth's commitment to local barley and hop growers has led to our participation in the Warranty of Origin, a code of practice guaranteeing the source of ingredients. Hepworth is also licensed by the Soil Association for the production and packaging of organic beers.
Iron Horse A premium bitter with a dense flavour and subtle sweetness, is named after Richard Trevithick's first steam-powered engine on rails.This ale is cold filtered to retain flavour. Pullman Named after the renowned railway carriage, Pullman has a crisp bitterness and clean flavour. This ale is cold filtered to retain flavour. Old Ale Old Ale is the newest addition to Hepworth's range of bottled beers. Old Ale is ancient recipe winter beer, sometimes known as stock ale, which has molasses added at the end of fermentation to give a luscious character, which again is balanced by a pronounced bitterness. This beer, when served as real ale in a pub, would have been mulled with a poker from the fire, to give it a real warming character on the long cold English winter nights. This ale is cold filtered to retain flavour.
Laverstoke Park Farm
Laverstoke Park Farm is an organic and biodynamic farm in Hampshire, England that produces a diverse array of food products. Noble Union is proud to bring heir Organic Ale and Organic Lager to the U.S. market. Jody Scheckter, the 1979 Formula One World Champion started Laverstoke Park Farm to produce “the best tasting, healthiest food, without compromise” for himself and his family – a philosophy he applies across the entire farm, which is known as the “University of Organics.” “To achieve a healthy and natural environment, I believe there are two vital factors: firstly, biodiversity and secondly slow growing animals and plants. This begins with the soil,” Jody explains. “We follow nature strictly, while utilizing the latest scientific research, techniques and equipment.”
Laverstoke Park Farm is certified organic and biodynamic, and its beer is certified USDA organic, but Mr. Scheckter and his team go much further. An on-site micro-biology lab continuously tests the soil. Specific compost preparations are added to the soil to ensure optimal proportions of beneficial bacteria and fungi. The result is an ideal environment for growing flavorful hops and barley.
Organic Ale Organic Ale has slight caramel sweetness from crystal malt, balanced by fresh aroma of Fuggle hops, and maintained by the natural effervescence of maturation in the bottle. That’s right, this is a “Real Ale” – bottle conditioned, and no added carbon dioxide. That, along with it’s singular taste has led to it’s selection by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. The Ale has won two taste awards in the UK, and is certified USDA Organic. Organic Lager
Laverstoke Park Farm‘s Organic Lager has a very clean & spicy kettle hop character, malty-biscuity & burnt sugar characters from malt grown in the chalky soils of our farm, and the caprylic flavor from yeast. In 2011 this beer won the British Bottler’s Institute Gold Medal forBest Organic Lager in UK. It has also been selected by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. And, like it’s counterpart Organic Ale, it is certified USDA Organic.
TheHallstatt culture was the predominant Central European culture in the 8th to 6th centuries BC (European Early Iron Age), developing out of the Urnfield culture of the 12th century BC (Late Bronze Age). It was followed in much of Central Europe by the La Tène culture. TheLa Tène culturewas a European Iron Age culture named after the archaeological site of La Tène on the north side of Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland, where a rich trove of artifacts was discovered by Hansli Kopp in 1857. Some of the societies that are archaeologically identified with La Tène material culture were identified by Greek and Roman authors from the 5th century onwards as keltoi ("Celts") and galli ("Gauls"). A large number of weakly germinated hulled barley grains was found during archaeobotanical analyses from the early Celtic settlement excavations at Eberdingen-Hochdorf in southwest Germany (ca. 600 – 400 BC). These grains seem to represent deliberate germination, due to the purity of the find and its unusual archaeological context. The possibility of deliberate malting which could be connected with beer brewing is discussed. The archaeological finds from Hochdorf seem to be the result of deliberate malting of hulled barley for the purpose of Celtic beer brewing. A few hundred years after this (424BC), Stout wooden barrels held together with an iron hoop were developed by north European Celts during the Iron Age for storing all manner of goods. The underlying ‘real ale’ principle is still used today with containers, being that “They all contained unfiltered, unpasteurised beer”. The Romans marched through most of Britain, but struggled and were defeated once by a Celtic tribe known as the Silurians, who had a territory in what would be today’s South East Wales. During the Dark Ages, After the retreat of the Romans from Britain, Germanic Tribes known as the Anglans and the Saxons began to invade the Island. The Celts were pushed upwards and Westwards into present day Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany in Northern France. One of the Celtic legends from this period was King Arthur, whom was believed to have won a series of battles against the foreign invaders. Not much information is known about the Celtic brewing history during the Dark Ages. However the names ‘Cwrwf’, ‘Korev’ and ‘Cuirm’ (Welsh, Breton and Old Scottish for beer) all derived for around this period, suggesting there was a significant presence of Celtic beer. Today, all the Celtic speaking nations have names that are likely to stem back to the original Celtic brewing traditions
Celt-Bronze Ale This organically crafted ale has a delightful rich bronze colour and is distinguished by a full bodied character with crystal maltiness. A lovely delicate sweetness soon develops into a long hop finish through the traditional blend of hops. Drinkers will enjoy the real traditional values of this great smooth ale. This beer is named after the Bronze Age Celts. Recent discoveries in Bavaria have shown Celtic tribes were brewing as far back as 800 BC. The name Bracis-Curmi (malted beer) traces back to the ancient Celtic language or proto-celtic, an age where Celts were some of the first beer producers in Europe. Celt-Golden Ale A golden coloured organic ale, with a rich full-bodied texture accompanied by a unique blend of traditional and fruity hops. Drinkers of this delicious ale will experience a mouth-watering taste of citrus fruits with a slightly spicy aroma. This beer is named after the Golden Age of the Celtic people. The Celts dominated Mid-Europe before the Roman Empire stretched westwards and northward. In the Golden Age of Celtdom, the Celts waged successful wars in continental Europe, notably in around 500 BC where modern day Spain and Northern Italy were overthrown. The name Bracis-Curmi (malted beer) traces back to the ancient Celtic language or proto-celtic, an age where Celts were some of the first beer producers in Europe. Celt-Native Storm 'A storm arisen through Native Wales'...16 September 1400: Owain Glyn Dwr led the greatest armed uprising against English rule in Wales, one that would last for over fifteen years and which for a few brief shining moments would produce a united independent Wales ruled by its own prince and parliament. Though eventually suppressed by the English, the reverberations of this revolt are still heard in Wales today. Characterised as a robust mid brown ale full of spicy and biscuit flavours, 'Native Storm' has a refreshing mouthfeel complemented by a powerful presense of fresh hoppy aromas. The complex range of ingredients coupled with a long dry hop finish result in a delicious and moreish Welsh ale.' Celt-Bleddyn 1075 Bleddyn ap Cynfyn was ruler of Gwynedd and Powys and probably of Cerdigion and Brycheiniog as well, and undoubtedly the most powerful Welsh king. After his death in 1075, his sons were too young to rule, and his dominions passed into the hands of a cousin Trahaern ap Caradog. This delicious pale strong ale has an original gravity of 1075 with a high mash temperature leaving a fine full bodied texture. Generous US and New Zealand variety hopping gives a very bitter tongue, which is complemented by a crisp sweetness and a delicious citrus and grapefruit aroma. Celt-Dark Age Celt Dark-Age is a delicious full bodied Welsh dark beer. The beer has a special blend of coffee and chocolate flavours, which are balanced with a smooth aroma with subtle notes of caramel and dark fruit, leading to a bitter finish.This beers name comes from the Dark age. Folklore has highlighted many stories of Celtic warriors and kings that waged successful battles against the intruding Anglo-Saxons. None more than King Arthur, who legend has it, fought in 12 battles in the late 5th and early 6th century.