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Ben Truman Bottles

Posted 11 September 2014

Beer | History


In September 2014, we celebrated our 1st anniversary of brewing back in East London in true Truman’s style, with 1,000 happy drinkers descending on our brewery tap, The Cygnet.

To make the event go with an extra swing, we “re-imagined” one of Truman’s best loved beers form the past – Ben Truman Pale Ale.

The beer went down a storm and we now have a limited amount available to buy in bottle from our online store.

Based on a recipe from 1883, we used 8 different hops (from Britain, Bavaria, Bohemia and the US) and finished with a punchy dry-hop.

To make the beer extra special we invited Derek Prentice, one of the UK’s most respected brewers, to help us brew it. Derek brewed Ben Truman when he worked at the original Truman’s brewery in Brick Lane: “I have this enormously fond memory of when I joined of bringing down what we used to call the PA1. That was the Ben Truman Pale Ale and that was the beer that we would all drink as brewers.”

The beer was designed by Derek and our Head Brewer. Using an old Truman’s recipe from the 1880s as their source material, the pair designed a 6% Pale Ale brewed with a mixture of their favourite hops from the four countries specified in the original recipe. The beer has a strong, complex hop presence, balanced out by a malt base of Maris Otter Pale Ale and Munich Malt.

Bottle conditioned, with an ABV of 6.0% and a deep golden colour, it is full of flavours and aromas of orange peel, lemon and biscuit with a balanced streak of bitterness. Highly complex and walking a fine balance between power and refreshment – it’s a celebration of both history and modernity.

Ben Truman is retailing for £2.99  a bottle from our online store and from specialist retailers. Bottles are also available wholesale, please phone 0208 533 3575 for details.