In a nutshell: Rich and dark Old Ale from Harvey's Brewery of Lewes East Sussex.
The lowdown: Soft and full bodied, with hints of dried fruits and dates, this is a dark, warming brew that's a firm favourite during the autumn and winter months. Burnt sugars and roasted malts complement the premium Maris Otter barley, and sit well with the light bitterness imparted by the hops. Best enjoyed near a roaring log fire.
First established in Lewes, East Sussex over two hundred years ago and still a privately owned business Harvey's are one of the few remaining thriving regional brewers that have not been swallowed up by the big drinks conglomerates.
In the traditional manner they own 49 pubs in London and the South East and their beers are rarely seen beyond that area. Their riverside brewery in Lewes, the centre of production since the 1800s, is a town landmark and is the image of what most people would imagine as a traditional brewery.
Whilst steeped in history they've also kept fully abreast of modern tastes and demands and their range of beers fully reflects this.