Best bitter - 4 pack

Best bitter - 4 pack

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MACINTOSH
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Brilliant bottle conditioned 4.6% Macintosh Best Bitter. Brewed in London with the finest Norfolk barley & Kentish hops.

Macintosh Ales is housed in a small garage in West London with a maximum capacity of 150L per batch. The size of the brewery allows me to follow traditional British brewing principles. It is made with 100% Maris Otter barley and grown beside the Norfolk coast on Branthill Farm, before being floor-malted locally by one of the countries oldest maltster. Goldings are the only variety of hop used in the beer, added at various stages of the brewing process to achieve balance. Only whole leaf hops are used, which are hand-picked at peak ripeness in September, before being kiln dried in the oast house of Haffenden Farm in Kent. The beer is very simple, relying on the quality of the natural ingredients.

The beer is bottle conditioned, this means that it undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process of naturally carbonating the beer takes around a month but can be slightly longer during the cooler period. As the bottles contain live yeast, the beer continues to develop and becomes amazingly complexed after several months of conditioning. All the bottles received are from the same batch, but you may notice tiny differences from bottle to bottle as they mature at different rates. This specific batch was bottled over the Christmas period. The beer is not filtered or pasteurised and is suitable for vegans.

Bitter is the old English term for Pale Ale and throughout the twentieth century, most breweries in the country would have made one with subtle changes from region to region, dependent on local water. My beer is hugely inspired by the wonderful country ales of rural Yorkshire. ‘Best’ refers to the alcohol content (4.6%) and that being what many British breweries felt to be ideal in making a flavoursome sessionable pint.