OLD DICK 3.8%
Dick Olding brewed in Southwick Brewhouse from 1906 to 1957, retiring at the ripe old age of 81. He died soon after, taking his recipes with him, but with its old English hops and Southwick malted barley, we are sure that ‘Old Dick’ would approve this way of being remembered. Old Dick has crystal malted SUTHWYK barley added, as well as ‘Fuggles’ and ‘Goldings’ hops to impart a deeper golden hue. Mildly bitter with a fullness of flavour.
In 1944 at Southwick House, Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery launched Operation Overlord resulting in the liberation of France. Liberation Ale honours all the members of the Allied Forces who fought so fearlessly to gain victory and freedom. Liberation is brewed using the American Hop ‘Liberty’, this beer is light and spritzy with blackcurrant overtones.
SKEW SUNSHINE ALE 4.6%
Skew is the first beer we made and is named after Skew field which sits on a south facing slope overlooking the solent and catches every hour of sunshine ensuring a plump golden barley. It is brewed using Challenger hops to produce a light straw coloured ale with a citrus flavour and light bitterness.
LAND OF HOP AND GLORY 4.5%
Originally named VE Day ale, we released this beer to honour VE Day anniversary, it was so popular that decided to continue it. Land of Hop and Glory is a traditional English bitter brewed using fuggles and goldings as well as brewers gold hops to give a soft bitterness and spicy aroma. It has a combination of malts for a full-bodied flavour. Traditional English hops give a soft bitterness and spicy aroma.
PALMERSTON'S FOLLY 5.0%
Named after the Portsdown Hill forts. By the time construction of the forts was finally completed in 1868, France clearly had no intentions of making war on Britain and the forts had only limited strategic use. Ever since then this massive scheme of fortifications has become known as "Palmerston's Folly." The beer is a SUTHWYK wheat and barley beer, using Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops. Although it has 40% wheat in the malt it is a clear wheaty beer with a dryness that you would expect and a hint of honey in the after taste.
Suthwyk Ales was started by Hampshire farmer Martin Bazeley in 2000. This was the first farm diversification project started by Martin, a tenant farmer in the village of Southwick. When farming came under pressure due to low milk and cereal prices at the time, Martin started to look at the other assets of the farm.
One of which was the ability to grow award winning malting barley on the chalky slopes of Portsdown Hill, overlooking Portsmouth.
The brand is named using the old spelling of the historic village name, with the logo depicting the Southwick Priory ruins. Way back in 1150, the Canons of Portchester Castle established a Priory at 'Suthwyk', as it was then known. Following the Dissolution, the Priory gradually became the ruined wall remaining today, but the village of Southwick continued its rich historical journey.
Brewing was part of that history until 1957 when Dick Olding, the last Master Brewer retired and the Brewhouse door was closed behind him. It was his skills that ensured Generals Montgomery and Eisenhower, and the American troops billeted on surrounding farms were never denied a pint in the village pub as they planned ‘Operation Overlord’, the D-Day offensive, from Southwick House.
Suthwyk Ales is unique from other Hampshire brewed beers, as the only producers to grow the barley right here in Hampshire. Our beers all have a unique story to tell, they are patriotic, truly local and most importantly, delicious and refreshing. Brewed by the expert brewers at Bowman Ales in Droxford.
With almost 20 years experience in producing real ale, and 40 years experience in farming, Martin knows what makes for a tasty brew at the end of a hard day's work.