Using just five barley seeds, an ancient recipe from brewing archives and lots of patience and expertise, Greene King is excited to have created its latest ale range, Heritage Series.

Replicating real ale from the 1800s

Two limited edition premium beers, Heritage Suffolk Pale Ale (5%) and Heritage Vintage Fine Ale (6.5%), have been lovingly created using East Anglian Chevallier malted barley. Reintroduced two years ago by local maltster, Crisp Malt, five preserved Chevallier seeds were re-sown and crops harvested to create the volume required to replicate a traditional Greene King real ale from the 1800s.  

Inspired by a recipe from the brewery archives, the Heritage Series beers are bottle conditioned premium ales, that are typical of the taste of ales consumed in rural Suffolk in the early 1800s. 

With both ales brewed from the Chevallier malted barley, Suffolk Pale Ale uses Saaz and Strisselspalt hops to give the brew a refreshing flavour.  Herbal, citrus, floral and spicy notes add to the sweet malt taste for a more easy drinking heritage ale.

Vintage Fine Ale is a rich, flavoursome beer, enhanced by biscuity notes from Amber malt with a hint of caramel. Classic English late hopping varieties Fuggle, Bramling Cross and Goldings add soft fruits, floral and spicy notes to create this rich, complex and full-bodied Vintage Fine Ale.

Speaking at the launch of the Heritage Chevallier Series, Clive Chesser, managing director of Greene King Brewing & Brands, said, “These ales are an exciting addition to our stable of beers as they are a wonderful representation of Suffolk ales long thought to be extinct. Working alongside Crisp Malt who has carefully re-introduced the rare Chevallier malt and using our own extensive archive and brewing experience, we have been able to produce these two ales with traditional Suffolk roots.”

Suffolk Pale Ale will be available in bottle and cask ale and will be listed in selected pubs from January 2018. Vintage Fine Ale will be available in bottles in selected pubs. Both ales will be available to buy in bottles in selected Tesco stores from 22nd January 2018.