Saturday 27 February 2010

Real Ale

This is sold at The Greyfriars in Chawton. Fuller's, is a North London brewery.
This beer is brewed at the Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey. Jane knew the Hogs Back well, an eleven mile long hill in Surrey topped by an ancient roadway. She writes in her letters about the wonderful views from the top.

This was originally brewed at Wandsworth, just down the road from where I live. The brewery has now moved to new, modern premises. A great local beer.

I'm sure Jane Austen didn't drink real ale, she was a tea drinker, Twinings, I think. Although there is a very nice real ale pub, The Greyfriars, that does wonderful meals, opposite her Chawton Cottage.

So, here you are Mary, this link will tell you all about real ale.Maybe your husband might be interested.
This link explains what real is.


  1. Very interesting. I had no idea that there was anything in the beer/ale category that had to be treated like wine. My husband remembers drinking red bitters when we were in England, and he thinks he had real ale in a pub near Wells. All your posts are making me want to go back to England.

  2. Unrelated question. When did the British start referring to the English Channel as the English Channel? I can't find anything in Austen's work where that name is used, not even in Persuasion. She mentions "water" and "the bay," but not the Channel.