The UK’s number one premium ale, Old Speckled Hen, has been specially crafted to be free from gluten without compromising on the well-known flavour, aroma and appearance.
The gluten free beer is brewed with their usual quality ingredients and to their normal recipes, with the reduction in gluten content achieved through an innovation in the brewing process. A bespoke product stream ensures the beers remain segregated and guarantees that they can be designated as gluten free.
You may have seen we’ve made a slight change to our Old Speckled Hen bottles and cans’ ABV (alcohol by volume), reducing it from 5% to 4.8%. Rest assured, despite this small reduction in ABV we are still delivering the same full flavour and refreshing taste of Old Speckled Hen. We are extremely proud of our brewers for achieving this and extensive testing has shown that customers still enjoyed the same quality and taste and rated it just as enjoyable with a 0.2% ABV reduction.
Events of the past few years have significantly increased costs for all brewers, from the price of energy needed for the brewing process, through to the price of malt, as well as the glass, cardboard, and aluminium we need for our packaging.
As we face these financial challenges, Greene King continues to look at ways we can absorb those increasing costs to ensure we continue to offer our customers the same great value and taste of Old Speckled Hen. Reducing the ABV is one way we can do this, as it lowers the duty we pay without noticeably affecting the beer’s flavour, and helps offset some of the rising cost of brewing our beers.
A high proportion of Crystal malt in Old Speckled Hen provides the key toffee/caramel flavour. The yeast used to ferment the beer provides the other key character - estery or banana/pear drop. This estery note provides the fruity and refreshing balance. The hops used add a palate cleansing herbal note and very slight orange citrus. A very malty, full bodied and warming ale.
Perfectly complements tasteful, quality British foods, premium pies, gravies, sausages and weekend BBQ’s. Works perfectly with Sticky Toffee Pudding too!