The Brewery celebrated the return of Calcutta 1757, an India Pale Ale with live music over the August bank holiday weekend by 'The Herbacious Borders'. The Brewery also treated customers to complimentary Indian themed bar snacks.
This seasonal beer acknowledges a local historic icon, The Clive of India, and his achievements in life that have undoubtedly changes the course of history. Robert Clive, also known as ‘Clive of India’ was born in a neighboring village to the Brewery and became Military Officer in the British Army establishing the military and political supremacy of the East India Company in Bengal. He is credited with securing India and the wealth that followed for the British Crown. The first of these conquests was the battle of Calcutta in 1757, inspiring a series of further victories. Clive of India died in 1774 and is buried in St Margaret’s Parish Church at Moreton Say, Market Drayton.
This Autumn's brew, Calcutta 1757, is a refreshing ‘India’ Pale Ale. India Pale Ale is also referred to as ‘pale ale prepared for India’. In the early 1700’s Britain had a problem. Troops and British citizens living in India as part of the colonial rule did not have access to good British ale and any attempts to ship the malt British ales to them resulted in spoilage. IPA was the solution. The generous amount of hops in this brew protected it from the heat and motion of the British sailing ships of the day. Thus, ‘Calcutta 1757’ is a generously hopped IPA, delivering a bitter punch, balanced out by its strength. The light, amber ale offers subtle hints of honey and spice upfront with a light berry fruit finish.
Calcutta 1757 is available from August 30th until the end of November 2015.Back to news article list