Thomas Hardy story may be ending

03 June, 2009

Former International Beer Challenge winner Thomas Hardy Ale will not be produced this year as doubts emerge about the future of the brand.

The beer has been produced by OíHanlonís since 2003, under licence from George Saxon, a US beer importer who bought the rights to the vintage-dated barley wine from original brewer Eldridge Pope.

Thomas Hardy Ale has a cult following in the UK and the USA but OíHanlonís says sales do not justify the time and expense involved in brewing the beer, which was named IBC supreme champion in 2006.

The brewing process starts in January and ends in September, when the 12% abv beer is bottled.

Saxon is now reportedly searching for another UK brewer to take over the brewing.




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