August Schell Brewing's Burton Ale
The August Schell
Brewing Company announced today the release of the Burton Ale, a nearly
extinct style of beer. Schellís rendition of the Burton Ale was produced as
part of the Stag Series, a collection of limited edition, one-and-done
experimental brews released periodically throughout the year.
More so than perhaps any other beer style in history, the demise of Burton Ales
happenedamazingly fast. At one time the Burton Ale was so popular it was
considered one of the main draught beers in Britain, sitting beside mild, pale
ale, and stout. Eventually brewers became faced with the consumer preference for
bitters and lagers and saw sales of Burton and mild ales plummet. By the end of
the 1960s Burton ales were virtually gone.
Schellís Burton Ale is a nod to a forgotten style of beer. Its overall character
is that of what brewing books describe it to be in the 1950ís, a darker, sweeter
beer. As is traditional for British brewers, Schellís added sugar in the kettle,
and some Dark Candi Syrup. Finally, the Burton Ale is hopped with Nugget and
Goldings, fermented with a British ale yeast, dry-hopped, and aged for 3 months
prior to release.
The Burton Ale is the fourth beer to be produced within the Stag Series.
Schellís launched the series with Barrel Aged Schmaltzís Alt, followed by Wild
Rice Farmhouse Ale, the Rauchbier (smoked beer) which was declared one of the
best Rauchbiers in the country by Modern Brewery Age, and now the Burton Ale.
Each beer produced within the Stag Series is released just once and for a
limited time before its recipe is retired to the breweryís history books.
About the brewery:
Schellís is the second-oldest, family-owned brewery in the United States, and
the oldest brewery in Minnesota. Established in 1860, this year marks the 151st
year of operation for the brewery. Schellís is a German style brewery that
specializes in craft beers. In addition to the line of specialty beers, the
August Schell Brewing Company also produces Grain Belt Premium, Grain Belt
Premium Light, and Grain Belt Nordeast.