08 Dec Wimbledon XXXK Vintage Ale 10%ABV
Wimbledon XXXK Vintage Ale
The epitome of craftsmanship in brewing.
A brief history.
Back in the Middle Ages, the rate of illiteracy was high and those wishing to drink beer were advised of its strength by the simple use of an ‘X’ to denote its strength. The more Xs, the stronger the beer! The K in our XXXK stands for ‘keeper’ and is a beer which, whilst delicious to drink now, may also be laid down like a fine wine, for several years, maturing and evolving over time.
The inspiration behind the brew was the discovery of a late 19th-century poster from the Victorian-era Wimbledon Brewery, advertising ‘XXXK Strong Ale’. This is a style which also came to be known as barley wine – that is, beer of alcohol by volume typically ranging from 8-12%.
Wimbledon’s Master Brewer, Derek Prentice, has always wanted to pay homage to the ‘barley wine’ style. Derek has been brewing wonderful beer since the 1960s. at Truman’s, Young’s and Fullers. Derek recently received the SIBA Lifetime Achievement award for brewing and was named Brewer’s Brewer of the year 2013.
The 2017 Vintage
A limited release of bottles is now available for the 2017 Vintage 10%ABV.
The majority of this first brew has been placed into former Speyside Distillery oak whisky casks, where it will continue to mature, taking on some of the residual, subtle spirit notes from the oak, to be bottled later in 2018, as our first XXXK Reserve. The Reserve bottles will be champagne corked, signed and sequentially numbered.
Velvet notes of rich, warming autumn fruits, overlaid with hints of spice and Seville Orange and a satisfying bite on the finish.
Purchasing our XXXK
Our XXXK can be purchased direct from us at the brewery (whilst stocks last) and can be found in some of London’s best bottles shops, restaurants and hotels.
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