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29th May 2020


12 beers of lockdown Father’s Day gift

Whether you’ve been separated from your dad and missing him during lockdown, he’s a busy key worker or you’ve been isolating at home together and you’ve driven him to distraction, we reckon dads across the UK deserve an extra pat on the back this Father’s Day. With pubs closed for now, a Father’s Day visit to his local may be off the cards this year, but Greene King has just the present to lift the spirits of the dads everywhere.

Greene King is launching the ideal gift, the first ever beer Dadvent Calendar containing the essential 12 beers of lockdown. The new limited edition boxes, specially for Father’s Day (Sunday 21 June), are available online from today at for just £22.00 a box inclusive of VAT, excluding delivery.

The pre-mix selection box, containing some of the nation’s favourite beers, is emblazoned on the outside with quirky beer puns and has serrated punch through holes on the top for easy access to the beer of the day.

The mixed box contains twelve bottles of beer – Greene King IPA, Abbot Ale, Abbot Reserve, Icebreaker Pale Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Old Golden Hen, Old Crafty Hen, East Coast IPA, XX Mild, Ruddles County, Belhaven Black and Belhaven 1719.

“This year, we are all appreciating family, more than ever before, whether we are together or apart” said Matt Starbuck, managing director Greene King Brewing & Brands. “Getting out to buy a gift for Father’s Day is difficult and taking your dad for a pint in the pub will have to wait a while with pubs closed for now, so we’ve come up with the next best thing. Dadvent Calendar is perfect for enjoying in isolation or sharing with the family at home.”

The Greene King Dadvent Calendar is limited so customers are recommended to get their orders in quick to avoid disappointment. Final order date to guarantee delivery before Father’s Day is Sunday 14th June (UK orders only).

Greene King is offering 50 boxes for free to deserving dads, so if you think your dad fits the bill visit Greene King Brewery facebook page and tell us why. [T&Cs apply]


28 May 2020


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About Greene King

  • Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs around 38,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
  • It operates c. 2,900 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c.1,750 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and c.1,150 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands and formats include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.
  • Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries. Its industry leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.

Encs: Photo credit – Greene King


Dadvent Calendar contents description 

Greene King IPA (1 x 500ml bottle)

A perfectly balanced beer, characterised by its light and crisp hoppy taste. 3.6% ABV.

Abbot Ale (1 x 500ml bottle)

Brewed for longer using pale, amber and crystal malts, making it a full flavoured, smooth and mature beer. 5% ABV.

Abbot Reserve (1 x 500ml bottle)

Perfect for enjoying with big flavoursome dishes, spicy pear pudding and aged cheeses. 6.55% ABV.

Icebreaker Pale Ale (1 x 330ml bottle)

Easy drinking, refreshing, unfiltered pale ale with plenty of fruity hop character. 4.5% ABV

Old Speckled Hen (1 x 500ml bottle)

A distinctive rich malty taste bursting with toffee character. 5% ABV.

Old Golden Hen (1 x 500ml bottle)

Brewed the rare Galaxy hop to give the light golden colour, subtle tropical fruit notes and a deliciously smooth finish. 4.1% ABV.

Old Crafty Hen (1 x 500ml bottle)

A strong fine ale combines the malty taste with a smooth raisin finish. 6.5% ABV.

East Coast IPA (1 x 500ml bottle)

Bold, brash American style IPA with lip-smacking bitterness and punchy citrus and tropical fruit flavours. 4% ABV.

XX Mild (1 x 500ml bottle)

Sweetness from the pale and crystal malts and special brewing sugar this easy to drink Mild also has plenty of flavour. Oh and it’s award winning, having scooped Champion Beer of Britain in the mild beers category at the 2018 Great British Beer Festival.

Ruddles County (1 x 500ml bottle)

An English Ale with a distinctive flavour of dark toffee and caramel. 4.3% ABV

Belhaven Black (1 x 500ml bottle)

Bursting with roast coffee and chocolate flavours, this is a truly genuine and premium pint. 4.2% ABV.

Belhaven 1719 (1 x 330ml bottle)

A zingy and refreshing Pale Ale created to celebrate 300 years of Brewing in Belhaven. 5.0% ABV