Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Needham Market/ Coddenham: Lager brewer Calvors becomes a Smooth Hoperator with its first ale

15:19 31 January 2014

Alec Williamson, owner of lager brewer Calvors and the Rampant Horse pub in Needham Market, has produced his first  ale, called Smooth Hoperator.

Alec Williamson, owner of lager brewer Calvors and the Rampant Horse pub in Needham Market, has produced his first ale, called Smooth Hoperator.

Suffolk lager brewer Calvors has launched its first ale.

shares

The addition to its range follows the recent completion of a new 40-barrel brewery and cold store at the company’s Coddenham Green base, near Needham Market.

Founder, owner and head brewer Alec Williamson said: “With the capacity we now have at the brewery, coupled with frequent requests from our regular customers for ales, this was a logical progression for Calvors.”

The new beer, named Smooth Hoperator, was trialled at the brewery’s own pub, the Rampant Horse in Needham Market − a past regional winner in the Great British Pub Awards − which serves no mass-produced ales or lagers but offers beers from other craft brewers alongside the Calvors range.

It is now being offered to the company’s existing lager customers and free houses across East Anglia and southern England, with a bottled version also available for the take-home market.

Smooth Hoperator (4% alcohol by volume) is described as an “easy drinking pale ale”. It is brewed using a top fermenting yeast, four different East Anglian malts, giving it a golden colour and a background sweetness, and four additions of English hops to provide bitterness and aroma.

“I am now extremely happy with the quality and taste of this product and it is now the fastest selling ale at our pub,” added Mr Williamson. “We chose the name Smooth Hoperator as it describes the beer perfectly – it is both smooth and hoppy! The downside of course is that customers keep singing the Sade number down the phone line to us!”

As with Calvors’ lagers, the ale is neither pasteurised nor contains any chemical preservatives. It also uses no sugar, or rice or maize alternatives as cheap forms of sugar, the aim being to create the most natural beers possible.

Smooth Hoperator is available as a cask ale in nine gallon firkins, as a kegged ale in 30 litre and 50 litre kegs and in 330ml bottles.

shares

0 comments

Millions have been paid to passengers since 2012

There was a £900,000 increase in the amount paid to delayed passengers in just one year – from £1.4m in 2013/14 to £2.3m in 2014/15.

The new branding for Tarmac following its acquisition by CRH.

Iconic contruction brands Tarmac and Blue Circle have been combined to create a UK leader in the building materials sector.

Anne Holt of Baker Tilly.

East Anglia’s many ports and logistics businesses are being advised to prepare for new European Union customs duty arrangements which come into force next year.

Alan Cowie, communications and events officer at the| New Anglia Growth Hub.

New Anglia Growth Hub is to host a funding workshop, bringing together five providers of business support under one roof.

The Birketts Tour de Wellbeing cycle team, from left, Matthew Potter, Ben Burt, Jolyon Berry (front) Greg Jones and Tom Shape.

Members of the employment team at regional law firm Birketts raised more than £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care by taking part in the Tour de Wellbeing virtual cycle race, held by EMCOR UK to coincide with the Tour de France.

A plane in Flybe's latest purple livery.

Regional airline Flybe has confirmed its 2015-16 winter schedule to and from Stansted.

The head office of BT, the BT Centre, in Newgate Street, central London.

Thousands of BT workers are to share in a £265million payout under share-related savings schemes which will see some employees making gains of more than £54,000.

Lloyds has added £1.4billion to its bill for compensating customers mis-sold payment protection insurance.

State-backed Lloyds Banking Group’s provision for payment protection insurance mis-selling has topped £13billion after it yesterday took another £1.4billion hit over the scandal.

A computer-generated image of how the Sizewell complex will look after construction of Sizewell C.

Development of Sizewell C took a huge step forward today as the companies were announced that will build its sister nuclear power station in Somerset.

Gary Allen, operations manager,  with Diane Allen and Graham Allen at Ipswich-based Ajax Domestic Spares which is celebratiing 40 years in business.

Ajax Domestic Spares has marked 40 years in business in style by launching a new showroom in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages