At Truman's we love Eagles. The eagle has been our symbol since the brewery was founded on BLack Eagle street in 1666, and we knew our new dispense font needed the full eagle treatment!
Each and every font is adorned with a hand cast, solid bronze eagle - no fakery or plastic here. These works of art are handmade by Lejeune, a legendary UK foundry. We are proud to have these impressive centrepieces on our fonts and know the skill, care and passion that goes into making them comes from the same place as the passion we have for our beers.
The name Lejeune has been synonymous with first class bronze founding for the best part of 100 years. Established in 1910, the company concentrated on small ornamental bronzes, decorative architectural fittings and, with the spread of the automobile, car mascots. For most of its history Lejeune was run from premises in Great Portland Street. It is great to be partnering with a fellow company that is rooted in London's history. Whilst the popularity of car mascots has declined over the years, the company continues to produce bronze sculptures to the highest quality using traditional materials and techniques.
Tim Hughes, managing director of Louis Lejeune, is equally excited about the project: “We have been manufacturing sculptural bronzework for over 100 years, but never before for use on a beer font! We were therefore very enthusiastic when approached by Truman's to supply a chrome eagle to be used on their new project. Each eagle model is cast by hand in solid bronze before being individually hand finished. Once this painstaking process is completed, the model may finally be polished and finished in a heavy coating of hard and durable chrome plate. This is a time consuming and laborious process, and one that cannot be passed over to mass-production if the very best quality is required.”
Our eagles are landing in London's pubs from next week. If you spot one - tweet us a picture @TRUMANSBEER. Top efforts will get prizes. Oh, and please try the new beers, too!