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1st June 2012

Father’s Day Gifts Premium quality real ales to mature over time

Choosing a gift for Dad, Pops or ‘the Old Man’ can be difficult, but Fuller’s of Chiswick, London’s only traditional brewery, has the perfect answer, with a diverse range of their specially crafted, bottle-conditioned premium ales.

“Like fine wines, these are beers designed to be savoured and will mature as they age, over months or years, developing diverse and delicious aromas and flavours– which will change depending on how long your tastebuds can wait. They make a very special but unusual gift for both beer, wine and spirit lovers.” says Fuller’s Head Brewer John Keeling.

All these beers and more are now available to buy from the Fuller’s Brewery Shop and online from

Vintage Ale 2011 – £5.20 (8.5% ABV)

  • Fuller’s produces a Vintage Ale every year, made from that year’s very best hops and malt as chosen by our Head Brewer. As such, every year this beer is different but of the highest quality – it’s a sure fire favourite for beer aficionados.
  • 2011 is the 15th Vintage, and is brewed using some of the finest malt grist from organic barley grown by Sir James Fuller on the Neston Park Estate, which is married with choicest Goldings, Organic First Gold and Sovereign hops to produce a beer with a firm malt base, marmalade notes and satisfying bitter finish.


Perfect with: Vintage Ale 2011 is a great accompaniment to a cheeseboard – particularly to strong cheeses such as a good vintage cheddar or stilton.


1845 – £2.59 (6.3% ABV)

  • First brewed in 1995 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership, 1845 is now one of the UK’s best-selling bottle-conditioned ales and twice crowned CAMRA Champion Bottle Beer.
  • To ensure this magnificent ale reaches perfection, 1845 is matured for at least 100 days before being released for sale. During this time the rich fruity characteristics of the beer are enhanced, while the well-rounded malt flavours create a wonderfully balanced ale. Given this, it’s no surprise that the philosophy of our brewers is that perfection cannot be hurried.
  • Roger Protz, beer writer and critic, describes 1845 as ‘a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’. It is also bottle conditioned, which means it is live beer which continues to ferment in bottle, adding to the complex development of flavours.

Bengal Lancer – £2.08 (5.3% ABV)

  • Bengal Lancer is an exciting, bottle-conditioned, classic India Pale Ale from Fuller’s, inspired by the history and character of this traditional style of beer.
  • Pale amber, full-bodied and distinctively hoppy, a beer such as this would have travelled in cask for three months during the days of the British Empire, so that it’s uniquely refreshing bitterness could be enjoyed by the officers of the Bengal Lancers.


Perfect with: The refreshing Bengal Lancer is the perfect beer to drink with a delicious, spicy curry or stir fry.


All these beers and more are now available to buy from the Fuller’s Brewery Shop and online from


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Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C.