Brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, and affectionately named after an old MG car used as a factory runaround 'the owld speckled un'. Old Speckled Hen has a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink.
A high proportion of Crystal malt in Old Speckled Hen provides the key toffee/caramel flavour. The yeast used to ferment the beer provides the other key character – estery or banana/pear drop. This estery note provides the fruity and refreshing balance. The hops used add a palate cleansing herbal note and very slight orange citrus. A very malty, full bodied and warming ale.
This Gluten Free Version is brewed with the usual quality ingredients and to the normal recipe, with the reduction in gluten content achieved through an innovation in the brewing process. A bespoke product stream ensures the beer remain segregated and guarantees that it can be designated as gluten free.