After an absence of two years, ‘Dancing in the Old’ celebrations resumed on Saturday 1st October, marking the advent of the new season’s ‘Old Ale’ at Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes.
This ‘Winter Warmer’ is brewed between October – April each year and is eagerly awaited by its numerous devotees.
The event is immediately preceded by Harvest Thanksgiving at the Church of St Thomas a Becket, in Cliffe, some 100 yards distant from the brewery, and is well attended by the dancers and members of the public.
The ancient parish church was bedecked with hops from the recent harvest, as is befitting in a place of worship dedicated to the Patron Saint of Brewers, and a special anthem was sung by ‘Sussex Harmony’ West Gallery Quire.
This year the dancing was relocated to the rear brewery yard, which proved more spacious, and the four Morris Sides entertained the crowd of spectators, who availed themselves of free samples of the ‘Old Nouveau’ throughout the hour long performance.
Over 800 pints of ‘Old Ale’ were served. It was in prime condition and drinking exceptionally well!
Note : Harvey’s ‘Old Ale’ was awarded the Trophy for ‘Best Ale below 5% abv’ at the International Beer Challenge in November 2021 and their ‘Low Alcohol Old Ale’ was awarded the Trophy for the ‘Best No or Low Alcohol Beer’ before going on to take the ‘Supreme Championship’.
Picture : The Church of St Thomas a Becket bedecked with hops
Press release from Harvey’s.
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