Old Speckled Hen Crafted Fine Ale Case (12 x 500ml)

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Country UK
Drink Type Real Ale
Brand Old Speckled Hen
Size 500ml
ABV 5%
Fast becoming a popular favourite for craft beer lovers; Old Speckled Hen is a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich malty taste and fruity aroma. First brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and affectionately named after an old MG car used as a factory runaround 'the owld speckled un'. This turned into Old Speckled Hen when the beer was unveiled. Old Speckled Hen has a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give a balanced sweetness, followed by a refreshingly dry finish.
Country Of Origin: UK

The story of “Old Speckled Hen”, as rich and distinctive as the beers themselves, starts in Abingdon, Oxfordshire…

The Morland Brewery:

Brewing has been carried out commercially in Abingdon for centuries, including at the Abbey prior to its dissolution in 1538. In 1711 a farmer, John Morland, set up a brewery in West Ilsley, Oxfordshire, brewing fine ale and porter for pubs in and around London. In the 1860s, Morland’s acquired local competitors Abbey Brewery and Eagle Brewery and moved its operation to Westgate Street in Abingdon. Reflecting its growth, Morland’s changed its name to United Breweries in 1885. A new brewhouse was built in Ock Street in 1912, and the firm continued to buy up other breweries and pubs in the following decades.

By 1928, the company owned four breweries in the town. Over the following couple of decades United Breweries enjoyed substantial success and reverted to the Morland name in 1944. This success culminated in 1979 with the creation of “Old Speckled Hen”, the No. 1 premium ale to date.

In 1979 the MG Car Company celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its move from Edmund Road, Cowley, Oxford to Abingdon. They asked Morland & Co. to brew a special commemorative beer for the occasion, for which they would suggest the name. The name chosen was ‘Old Speckled Hen’, which took its name not from a bird, but a car: a paint-spattered MG Featherlight Saloon. Back in the day, this was the MG factory run-around, fondly referred to as the “Owld Speckl’d Un” due to its mottled appearance after several years parked under the paint shop.

Country Of Origin: UK

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