THE Skipton brewery Copper Dragon are producing another real ale brand with a cricket theme to build on the popularity of Fred Trueman Ale, named in the memory of the England fast bowler and launched a year ago in the north and midlands.
Fred Trueman is to be made available on draft, and the same hoppy amber brew will be sold under the name of Owzat outside the Trueman heartlands. Success in the World Cup for England over the next month would only improve the beer’s prospects.
Copper Dragon’s managing director Steve Taylor said that the four per cent strength Fred Trueman Ale, launched as a limited edition by Dickie Bird MBE, had been very popular in Yorkshire, given Fiery Fred’s close links and love of the region. “We’ve decided that the same ale will also be sold under the name of Owzat,” he said, “so that real ale drinkers without the generational or geographical affinity to Fred Trueman will have a choice as to what they order.
“It’s the first of five limited edition hand crafted ales that Copper Dragon will be launching in 2011, with the next creation currently being developed with a view to launching in May. It’s a perfect time to re-introduce the cricket theme after England’s impressive Ashes victory Down Under.”
Established as recently as 2002, Copper Dragon supplies hand crafted Best Bitter, Golden Pippin, Scots 1816, Challenger IPA and Black Gold cask ales to over 2,000 pubs throughout the UK
In 2008 Marston’s renamed one of their best beers ‘Old Umpire’ from Old Empire to mark the summer of Test cricket. Pints were tasted and approved by the ECB first class umpires, who visited the brewery in Burton during a pre-season training course.
Old Umpire was an extremely high-quality brew, 5.7 per cent golden coloured beer with a flavour described by the makers as “a tempting aroma of biscuity malt, floral hops, vanilla and toffee, with hints of citrus fruit, brewed in the style of an Indian Pale Ale.” If Owzat can match the flavour, drinkers with cricket affinity will be well served.