EMERSON'S OLD 95 500ml

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"Old 95 - The True Story...
The brewery had been operating for ten months when Richard had the itch to brew something strong for the festive period. The English Strong Ales had inspired Richard on his OE in the Mother Country.

In October 1993, the first Old recipe used NZ lager malt, amber & crystal malts and a considerable amount of super Alpha hops. It was a difficult brewing day as Richard experienced his first ‘stuck mash’, the runoff was very slow, and he had to pump hot water under the mash plates to lift the mash and re-stir then recirculate again. It was a long day for the wee man, the boil didn’t start again until 3pm, so it was a late night in the Grange St brewery.

The beer was bottled in distinctive 375ml champagne bottles with plastic cork, it was an attractive packaging until we started hearing reports of trouble releasing the plastic cork from the bottles, especially in a restaurant. The staff struggled in the kitchen, each taking turns to try prise the top off!

In the next batch, Richard learnt from his stuck mash experience, adjusted the amount of water for mashing in as well as revised the recipe (batch#27) to use English Pale Ale malt. The Old 94, as it was named then, improved dramatically over the original lager recipe version. This time it was bottled in stubby 500ml PET bottles.

For Xmas 1995, the same recipe was used except the malt was slightly changed to impart a different depth of flavour. It was released under the name Old 95, Richard believed that he couldn’t improve on the 95 recipe so Old 95 became a yearly brew until 2009 when due to capacity issues with the success of some of the other beers Old 95 was sadly retired.

What better beer to release to celebrate Emerson’s first 25 years, than a beer that Richard deemed to be one of his best beers, 22 years after perfection was achieved."


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