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17th August 2012

Greene King puts heritage stamp on new porter for Cask Ale Week

Heritage brewer Greene King is launching a deliciously dark porter in time for Cask Ale Week (28 September to 7 October).

Celebrating the company’s long tradition of brewing quality ales at its Westgate Brewery in Bury St Edmunds, 1799 has been crafted in the style of classic porter recipes dating back to the 18th Century.

Commemorating the date Greene King first began brewing in the Suffolk town, 1799 features crystal and chocolate malts and is expected to be a hit with fans of deeper darker ales.

Greene King head brewer John Bexon is particularly proud of his latest offering, which at 4.5% ABV will be available in cask in selected pubs across the country.

He said: “As a heritage brewer we are always on the lookout for ways to incorporate styles and flavours from the past in our current range of ales.

“The development of 1799 has allowed us to draw on more than 200 years of brewing excellence to create a traditional-styled ale for a whole new generation of drinkers.”


National Cask Ale Week is a campaign organised by CAMRA and Cask Marque in an attempt to get more people trying our national drink, cask ale.




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1799 Pump clip


Press information

Please contact Mark Sowersby at Tribe PR on 01603 417722 or

Or Jo Kreckler at Greene King on 07974 132635 or


Notes to editors


  • Greene King is the country’s leading brewer and pub retailer with a heritage of brewing beer and running pubs which can be traced back over 200 years.