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Thomas Hardy’s Cognac Ale Released

News: November 2016

One of the UK’s most celebrated ales now has a cognac twist.

Thomas Hardy’s Ale, recently revived by the Italian beer company Interbrau, is now complemented by a version that has been aged for nearly nine months in former cognac casks.

The process emulates the production of the very first Thomas Hardy’s Ale in 1968, which was aged in sherry casks. This time around, the beer has been matured in thirteen 350-litre casks acquired from Hine in France.

The beer, like the revived Thomas Hardy’s Ale, is produced in London by Meantime Brewing. Labelled Thomas Hardy’s The Historical Ale, the 12.7% ABV beer, has been packaged in 25-cl bottles, but only a few thousand have been released.

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