A nod to the Americas, the word Feallan is the old English word for “to fall” obviously referencing, as the americans term it, “the fall”, autumn as it should be called. And of course, Oktoberfest falls (no pun intended!) during autumn. This beer is an English take on German tradition and it abides by the traditional rules. Lager, tick, extra, malty like Marzen, tick, higher abv than your standard lager, tick! It’s a superlative example of the traditional style and Thornbridge have really done well in emulating the style. It amalgamates caramel, sweet malts and lager crispness marvellously. If you Feallan, this beer will catch you!
A forerunner of the British craft beer movement, Thornbridge Brewery was started in the grounds of the eponymous Thornbridge Hall in the heart of the Peak District. Aiming to make a range of cask beers with a modern twist, they’ve won over 350 national and international awards - pretty good going for what started out as a tiny 10-barrell brewery.
A couple of interesting facts for you - the co-founder of Brewdog actually started out at Thornbridge back in the day, helping to create Thornbridge’s flagship IPA Jaipur, and in 2014 Thornbridge won “Best Drinks Producer” in the BBC Good Food Awards….beating Brewdog to the top spot. Although they’re seen as a more traditional brewer, Thornbridge also has a good mix of ‘new’ creations making them a firm favourite with us.