EAST INDIA PALE ALE, 1879, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND: Here’s the new one! We couldn’t help but want to brew a proper period version of the beer that started the craft beer movement here in the US and Ron came up with a brewsheet that launched many OUAT firsts. Not only does this one use English hops as would be expected, but also hops from Germany (including hops from Alsace that was only recently ceded to Germany from France) and California. Yes, you heard that correctly. We don’t even grow hops in California these days so it was surprise to see a Yorkshire brewery using them in the 19th century. First ever use of American hops in a OUAT beer.
This is also our first non-London historical recreation and we’re really pleased that it lands us in Leeds, England – home of Martha and where I spent several happy years working at Daleside Brewery in Harrogate. That’s one first. Another first with this beer is that it’s from a brick and mortar brewery that only recently closed. In fact I went to a meeting there in 2006 and had a great tour of their brand new packaging hall. Oh well, sometimes history is even closer than we would have liked. That said, I could only dream to have visited at Trumans, Whitbread or Barclay Perkins!
Look for a bright amber colour from the use of only pale malts. This is how they did it back in the olden days before “craft beer” and testosterone-inspired hoppiness creep. We can’t argue really since our Meadowlark IPA put us right in the thick of it, but it’s great to have an authentic IPA from the past here to let us know that we really haven’t “reinvented” much at all.
EAST INDIA PALE ALE, 1879, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND: Here’s the new one! We couldn’t help but want to brew a proper period version of the beer that started the craft beer movement here in the US and Ron came up with … Read More
Our new releases in March 2012! Two X Ales from the same London brewery, 107 years apart: these beers were brewed and sold as the “same beer”. But they weren’t the same beer at all! This side-by-side release allows you … Read More
This 1832 Mild Ale was the first beer we brewed in our Once Upon A Time series. February 27th, 1832 was a London XXXX Mild Ale first brewed on Brick Lane at the Truman brewery. It is a 10.5% alcohol … Read More
Beer Style: KK Hop Variety: Kent Goldings, Bramling Cross Malt Variety: Pale Malt ABV: 7.8% IBUs: 100 Color: Black On November 15th, 1901, a brewer at Whitbread’s Brewery in London made a KK beer: black, dry, hoppy, but with no roasted malts. … Read More
Beer Style: Porter Hop Variety: Kent Goldings, Spalt Malt Variety: Brown, Pale ABV: 6% IBUs: 93 Color: Black In early 2011, we once again teamed up with Ron Pattinson (our very favorite brewing Historian), to recreate a beer from history. Ron’s “afflict … Read More
As you may have heard, we here at PTB&AP are really fascinated by brewing history. We enjoy dreaming about breweries from back when breweries were breweries: old brick buildings that took up acres of city real estate, loaded with copper, … Read More
The Younger Centuries by David Keir, Printed for William Younger & Co. Ltd. by McLagan & Cumming Ltd., Edinburgh, 1951, 110 pages Welcome to you reader. For a while I’ve been looking for ways to bring more content to our … Read More
Have you heard? Have you heard correctly? Well hear ye now – FOUR different Once Upon A Time beers are being released next week. Before I get into the specifics about the beers, please let me tell you about … Read More
Check out our Bocky’s interview with Ron Pattinson, filmed at the brewery in Westport. “Read More” for the link. Note: Ron starts to talk about our EIP (East India Porter) about halfway through the interview seemingly without prompting. So if … Read More
Greetings time traveler! Once Upon a Time is the historical alter ego of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project based in Somerville, Massachusetts. In severe contrast to our creative offerings such as Jack D’Or and Baby Tree, the OUAT series is a strict and unadulterated return to flavours of long ago.
Our historical projects begin by working with brewing historians such as our present collaborator: Ron Pattinson, a resident of Amsterdam. Ron provides us with brewsheets and insight from breweries often long shuttered. These sheets are the actual records written in the brewer’s hand at the moment he was brewing a batch of beer. This allows us to reach through the mists of time and pick up exactly where they left off.
We do not interpret or attempt to commercialize these beers in any manner. In fact you have our pledge that if history presents us with a less-than-desirable beer, you will taste this beer as it was. That’s our unique commitment to you.
Why do we do this? We do this because no one else does. We do this because despite the fact that beer played a much more significant role in our cultures years ago, we’re still unclear of what it actually tasted like. This is of significant interest to us and hopefully you too.
Ron Pattinson is a beer historian based out of Amsterdam. It is thanks to Ron that this Project exists: without his research and knowledge, you’d just have a bunch of stupid interpretations of history. Because of Ron, you can taste history properly, as it was intended to be drunk. Cheers!