Friday, 29 November 2013

Truman’s London Keeper – brewing history in a bottle

This Christmas, ale lovers have the chance to acquire bottled brewing history. Truman’s – the brewery that was re-born in east London this summer, 24-years after it was forced to close – is releasing a strictly limited bottle run of the beer it brewed to christen its new home. 

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Just 2,000 bottles of Truman’s London Keeper 1880 Double Export Stout were produced. Each 75cl bottle has been hand signed and finished in ivory wax. Following four months initial aging in bottle, it will continue to improve and develop for up to a decade and provide a lasting reminder of the opening of the new brewery and the start of the next great chapter in Truman’s history.

Bottled without filtration, the beer pours a gorgeous midnight black, with aromas of toasted nuts and dark chocolate. It then delivers an explosion of crunchy, malty flavours with background notes of liquorice and black treacle. The malty sweetness is balanced with a delicious lick of hop bitterness. No tricks, no gimmicks – just a very special beer.

This stunning piece of history is now available to buy online from the Truman’s website (, priced at £17.99. A limited amount will also be released in cask to selected London pubs in time for Christmas. 

Truman’s London Keeper – The Beer

The first Truman’s beer brewed in London for 24 years had to be something special. A beer that linked the old brewery to the new and showcased the quality of the ale that the Eyrie can produce. After hours spent looking through Truman’s Gyle books at the London Metropolitan Archive, Truman’s London Keeper – based on the recipe for a Double Export Stout from 1880 – was born. Head Brewer, Benedikt Ott, explains: “A recipe from 1880 just jumped at me. It was an 8% ABV double export stout – but the intriguing thing was that it was brewed with American hops.” 

Despite their modern popularity, American hops were only used in the 19th century when the UK hop harvest failed. Although it was impossible to find out which hops were actually used at the time, Willamette and Sterling were selected due to their similarity to older hop varieties and suitability for the style.

London Keeper was the name that Truman’s has historically given to ales that were designed for slow maturation. the type of beer that you tuck away and go back to when it has had a few years to age, evolve and improve. We are proud to be able to continue that tradition.

The labels were printed by Baddeley Brothers, east London’s finest and most historic printers, using the age-old letter press technique. The bottles were then hand sealed with ivory wax. Each label has been individually signed by James Morgan, re-founder, and Ben Ott, Head Brewer.

James Morgan, added: “This beer has been a real labour of love for us. We are somewhat sad to see it go!”