LONDON…For true beer connoisseurs, it’s just not the holidays without Fuller’s Vintage Ale, one of the world’s most extraordinary – and expensive – holiday beers. But this year, only 1200 cases of Fuller’s elegant holiday ale will be available stateside, guaranteeing an early season sell-out. To ensure beer lovers can find this seasonal delight, they are encouraged to contact their liquor retailer now to request the 2009 Fuller’s Vintage Ale.
What makes Fuller’s Vintage Ale so special? Crafted with the year’s finest ingredients, Fuller’s Vintage Ale is bottle conditioned and never pasteurized. This traditional British ale process allows the slow, natural cask-style fermentation to continue in each bottle of Fuller’s Vintage Ale. This year’s offering is brewed with Tipple Malted Barley, Goldings Hops and Fuller’s special proprietary yeast. Mashed and brewed under the watchful eye of Fuller’s Master Brewer, John Keeling, Fuller’s 2009 Vintage Ale will have a richly spicy noise, crisp flavor, and mild Goldings hop finish. As with each seasonal Fuller’s Vintage Ale, each bottle will be hand numbered and individually gift-boxed. Only 160,000 bottles are expected to be filled for the 2009 holiday season – and most of these bottles will be in high demand by Brits, never reaching US beer connoisseurs.
Like a fine wine, Vintage Ale is often collected and enjoyed years after purchase. Because of the active yeast that remains after filling in each Fuller’s bottle, the taste of Vintage Ales matures throughout its five to seven year life expectancy, again much like cask ale. These constant flavor changes is part of the savoury romance of Fuller’s Vintage Ale and its bottle-conditioning. And to this aging process most collectors are keenly aware that Fuller’s Vintage Ale should be stored upright, in a cool, dark location to ensure proper bottle fermentation.
Fuller’s Vintage Ale is available through finer retail stores for $7.99 – $11.99 per bottle. Each bottle then comes in its own dark red carton, making for an elegant gift for the beer aficionado, or an ideal holiday hospitality gift for everyone who appreciates the finer libations in life. For more information visit www.fullers.co.uk.
Paulaner HP USA, purveyor of the world’s finest beers, is headquartered in Littleton, Colo., and imports Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Fuller’s, O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Fruli, Birra Dolomiti and Dixie beers and Vigna Dogarina and Cavallina wines. This list of fine imports is now available throughout the United States at upscale, on-premise establishments. For more information about Paulaner HP USA visit www.paulanerhpusa.com.