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October 31, 2017

Lacons Launch Re-imagined Old Ale with Recipe from 1963

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We have some exciting beer news to share with you this month. This November, we have continued to evolve our innovative beer range by launching a heritage brew originating from a 1963 recipe found in the archives.

A piece of heritage - vintage Old Ale sign at our museum

Heritage Old Ale sign

First brewed in the same year as the ‘Great Freeze’ of 1963, Lacons Old Ale is a dark ale that warms the cockles of one’s heart with its distinct malty flavours. A classic chestnut colour, this traditionally styled beer is predominately dry with a malty base and enriched with Willamette and Cascade hops.


As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, we thought re imagining this heritage recipe would be the perfect way to treat beer drinkers this autumn.

Delving into the archives is a great job for us here at Lacons, and we relish the opportunity to use the original yeast strains and recipes together to bring back flavours and tastes of times gone by. Old Ale is bitter on the palate with slight undertones of cherries and plum at 4.1% ABV.

Old ale is a term commonly applied to dark, malty beers with low hop bitterness and is sometimes called “strong ale” or “stock ale”. Old ales were introduced before the Industrial Revolution – the beer was brewed then stored for months or even years in unlined wooden vessels known as tuns. The style has re-emerged in recent years, due to the evolving tastes of beer drinkers and the success of some major brands such as Theakston’s Old Peculier and Robinson’s Old Tom.

Lacons Old Ale is available from this week for a limited time across pubs in East Anglia. Don’t forget to ask for a pint of Lacons next time you’re at the bar. Cheers!

Old Ale November 2017 - just name

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