Beer, Space and Time: Newcastle Founders’ Ale
Every so often, a brewery or distributor is kind enough to send me a sample or two of their beers, or someone hands me one because they want to know what I think of it.
So with this feature, I pass along a few basics about the brew, give you the brewer’s take on it, and then close my eyes and use my experience and imagination to write about where the beer might best be enjoyed. Seeing how this one is a spring seasonal, and spring’s halfway done, I thought I’d best get it out of the way.
Newcastle Founders’ Ale (4.8% ABV, Pale Ale)
Brewed by: Thomas Hardy Burtonwood Limited, Burtonwood, United Kingdom
What the Brewer Says: “Only one Limited Edition is special enough to bear the name Newcastle Founders’ Ale. The name, like the star on its label, is a tribute to the heritage of the five founding brewers of Victorian-era Newcastle. Its nutty brown color, light-bodied flavor and malty dry, bitter finish will make you as proud of our heritage as we are.”
The Space and Time: You’re holed up in a hotel where you’ll be staying awhile on business, with nothing much planned for the weekends, somewhere in the United States. You read in the local newspaper that there will be an exhibition match that Saturday of a local club that participates in one of those
weird British-type sports that you’ve never seen live – cricket, rugby, polo, “soccer.” Curiosity sets in. Arriving at the game, you order a beer – a Newcastle Founders’ Ale. Finding your seat under springtime sunshine, with a gentle wind carrying the sounds of the game on it, you take a sip. You finish it, order another, and the game actually starts making sense.
Fun Fact: The iconic five-point star on the label recognizes the five founding breweries of Newcastle, which Founders’ Ale celebrates. The label on the back says, “To Our Fivefathers.”
Where You Can Find It: Nationwide.