The Red Lion Inn officially became a brewhouse in 1722 when alcohol licensing became law and the larger breweries we recognise today were yet to exist. In the 18th century, ale was widely brewed in both private and public houses, being consumed by the majority of the general public. In the case of The Red Lion, the well we see today in the floor of the tap room provided the water used for brewing and it is our intention to go back to using this water source in the future
In the meantime, we have started brewing on site again, in the spirit of the original brewhouse. Matteo (chef/owner) has developed recipes using carefully sourced malt and hops to produce our lovely 'Bircher Best' amber ale (3.9%). We also offer 'Cork Stone' (4.5%) an aromatic, refreshing golden ale with a pleasent bitter finish, 'Nine Ladies' (4.2%) a richy tawny ale with bitter toffee and roasted nut aromas and 'Robin Hood's Stride' (5%) our own refreshing IPA with citrus aromas and a dry bitter finish.
We also now brew our own Italian style lager 'Bionda' (4.6%abv); a refreshing and full-flavoured lager which is proving to be very popular.
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