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Fuller's launches 2017 Vintage Ale

Fuller, Smith and Turner the London brewer and pub company, has released its 2017 edition of Vintage Ale.

All bottles are individually numbered and will be available from Fuller’s Brewery Shop in Chiswick, online at the company's website and in Waitrose.

The 2017 Vintage Ale (8.5%ABV), is the 21st edition in the range and has been created by Fuller’s recently promoted head brewer, Georgina Young.

2017 Vintage Ale uses a malt and hop combination never seen before in a Fuller’s beer.

Vintage Ale 2017 uses the Denali hop, an experimental American hop variety. It has been used both late in the boil and for dry-hopping, dovetailing the classic British hop varieties Target and Goldings. This brew also includes a new malting barley – a British variety called Laureate.

Fuller’s head brewer George Young says: “I am honoured and privileged to be able to put my signature on this year’s Vintage Ale and carry on its legacy.

“As with every Vintage Ale, I am extremely excited to see how these new ingredients work together as the flavours of this bottle conditioned beer develop over time. Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle, which will mature slowly over the years like a fine wine or whisky – well beyond the 'best before' date that we are obliged to state.”

28 October 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor