Introducing: Extra Special Bristol
Since the start of this brewery, many of our beers have taken names directly from our surroundings: Highwater Hefeweizen, Mudbank Milk Stout, Croydon Cream Ale, Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, Trauger Pilsner, County Line IPA, and Churchville Lager all have names referencing our Bucks County location and history/heritage. You can add Extra Special Bristol, an homage to our neighbors just up the river, to that list.
With some of the specialty brews we’ve been doing lately we brought in an English yeast strain to handle the workload for a few of the new beers we had in mind, as well as some old favorites. After the Party, our Irish-style Dry Stout collaboration conditioned on Reanimator coffee was fermented with this strain giving it subtle dark fruit notes along with a slight oaky character as well. To ramp the yeast up for this year’s Leon RIS brews (which were the first time we’ve used this yeast strain for Leon) we decided to brew our first English Extra Special Bitter at Neshaminy Creek, and Extra Special Bristol is the end result.
Extra Special Bristol is an amber English-style ale brewed with 2-Row Barley along with Biscuit and darker Crystal malts giving it a bready, chewy caramel backdrop bittered firmly with English Admiral hops and rounded out with some Fuggles. It’s malty, but certainly not sweet with hints of dark fruit like figs and plums. The firm bitterness isn’t over the top, but is enough to leave you looking for your next sip. At only 4.7% ABV it’s got that catch all ‘crushable’ factor as well.
This is a limited draft beer available in our Tap Room and soon at select SEPA draft accounts.
Extra Special Bristol.
4.7% ABV / 35 IBUs.