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Spitfire Ale

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Oct 2014, 03:46

Saw this on a post outside a nearby 'English style' pub [Pig 'N' Whistle I think], does this brew exist in the 'Mother Country', or just a gimmick for us thirsty Aussies?:

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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby tiffinata » 05 Oct 2014, 08:46

it exists all right!
I tried it earlier on this year. Quite strong to my taste.
It was brewed for the 50th anniversary of the BOB.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Oct 2014, 08:57

tiffinata wrote:it exists all right!
I tried it earlier on this year. Quite strong to my taste.
It was brewed for the 50th anniversary of the BOB.


Ah, 'bewdy Newk' as they used to say! ;) :lol: I might have to give it a go if it's a pale ale...being gluten free [mostly] means dark ales & 'wheat' brews are definitely off my menu list usually, lol.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 09:01

I vaguely remember some German wag somewhere saying he liked a pint of Spitfire and had downed four, which was one more that his father had in 1942.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Oct 2014, 09:09

Tommy Smith wrote:I vaguely remember some German wag somewhere saying he liked a pint of Spitfire and had downed four, which was one more that his father had in 1942.


Haha...good one! [I'm getting a Fawlty Towers 'don't mention the war' vibe now]. ;) 8-) :lol:
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby SaintedAunt » 05 Oct 2014, 09:23

Actually, it's been around for a while - I think it was S666 who first mentioned it on the forum a long time back, and you will find it mentioned in some old RPGs ;)

We certainly drank it at her house (RAAFSG, archie, Lycaea, S666 and myself) when we were all there for a Twyford meeting two/three years ago (?). S666 has some special glasses for it.

It is brewed by Shepherd Neame, a Kent brewery with a good reputation for real ale - I first 'met' their beer at a Sheffield beer festival in the 1980s. Spitfire Ale was first brewed in 1990 to celebrate the 50 years anniversary of the Battle of Britain (I had to google this bit!). Must have been successful, as a quarter of a century on it is still around - available in many supermarkets in England!

Apologies Tiff - I see you have already said it was brewed for the BoB.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Fairblue » 05 Oct 2014, 10:08

I had my first taste of if it this year in Oz when I was staying with RAASG. If I could find it again I would definitely buy it. Unfortunately, OzB, I think it's dark ale, but if I 'm wrong, someone will set me right, I'm sure.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Lycaea » 05 Oct 2014, 10:34

Don't ask me why, because I'm not really a beer/ale drinker, but I have a bottle at home. I can't find any print about dark or light, though, only 4,5 percent vol. Kentish ale, And that it contains barley malt. Anything else to look for?

I can open the bottle (about time, really) and take a photo, if that helps...
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Oct 2014, 10:37

Well, the logo I saw says in part 'India pale ale', so I live in hope. Maybe they have a few variants, will do some Dr. Googling, lol. Thanks Lycaea, barley sounds ok to me. :yay:
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 10:41

I think its classed as a Pale Ale/Bitter.

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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Fairblue » 05 Oct 2014, 10:44

I have to admit that I hate to be wrong, but I was. It's a pale ale. I literally Googled 'is Spitfire ale a pale or dark ale?' :sigh4:
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby tiffinata » 05 Oct 2014, 10:46

Quick google of the brewing company leads me to believe Spitfire and India are two different brews.
Given they both describe a 'malty' taste, (and with a Coeliac relative we shop for) I would assume they are not gluten free.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Oct 2014, 10:49

Marvellous looking Swordfish logo TS! I have only 4 airplane models [made 25 yrs ago, lol], & one of them is a Fairey Swordfish, great looking plane.

Edit: Yes, I am wheat 'intolerant', so low gluten & low wheat is what I try to achieve, & some pale ales I am allowed 1 [or maybe 2, lol]. ;)
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby tiffinata » 05 Oct 2014, 10:51

Easier to cook for than my relative!
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 11:07

Ah ha! Chaps we're are on the case.

There is a 'Burleigh Spitfire an India Pale Ale' actually brewed in Oz.

I suspect from the label posted this may be it.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 11:09

836
You know it makes sense.

'Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s country estate at Chartwell is two miles from Westerham and he also enjoyed Black Eagle beers. He was determined that servicemen should have regular supplies and he approved of Spitfires at Biggin Hill being specially adapted so that fuel tanks containing Black Eagle beer could be delivered to members of the armed forces fighting in France and other parts of Europe (image above)'.

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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby kylie_koyote » 05 Oct 2014, 11:49

I wonder if it's sold over here. I'll have to have a look round.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Oct 2014, 13:12

Tommy Smith wrote:836
You know it makes sense.

'Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s country estate at Chartwell is two miles from Westerham and he also enjoyed Black Eagle beers. He was determined that servicemen should have regular supplies and he approved of Spitfires at Biggin Hill being specially adapted so that fuel tanks containing Black Eagle beer could be delivered to members of the armed forces fighting in France and other parts of Europe (image above)'.

Possibly the best job in the world.


Well done Sherlock! [on the Burleigh connection...I will set the 'Baker Street Boys' on the case, ;) :lol: ].

P.S. Wow, what an important job, delivering booze overseas! [I wonder if the beer had a slight, um, 'high octane' flavour? :| :thinking2: ]
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 14:31

and do note that from the above photo if you are wearing a white coat, you are the expert or boffin (he's doing the difficult bit).

Good luck with the beer hunt.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby SaintedAunt » 05 Oct 2014, 15:10

As somebody who enjoys beer and knows a little bit about it (but not an expert), I can say definitely that Shepherds Neame Spitfire ale is an English 'bitter' - not a dark ale, nor a pale ale of any description.

I am trying to remember which supermarkets I have bought it from - I am sure S666 will know. Maybe Waitrose, maybe Sainsbury both of whom do a good selection of bottled real ales.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Fairblue » 05 Oct 2014, 15:17

I'm going to pay more attention to the beer sections of my local supermarkets. It would be nice to track it down.
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Postby SaintedAunt » 05 Oct 2014, 15:19

You could google the usual culprits like Tesco, etc. :lol:
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Fairblue » 05 Oct 2014, 15:58

Good idea. I usually Google everything. Why didn't I think of that?
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Postby Spitfire666 » 05 Oct 2014, 17:44

SaintedAunt wrote:As somebody who enjoys beer and knows a little bit about it (but not an expert), I can say definitely that Shepherds Neame Spitfire ale is an English 'bitter' - not a dark ale, nor a pale ale of any description.

I am trying to remember which supermarkets I have bought it from - I am sure S666 will know. Maybe Waitrose, maybe Sainsbury both of whom do a good selection of bottled real ales.

Waitrose definitely sell it. Part of the cost is given to the RAF Benevolent Society. I don't know enough about beers to know what to call it, but am glad to know it is a bitter, SA ;) It ismy favourite. RSG told me she got it in Oz.
I thought all beers had barley in them, but perhaps there are special ones that don't. There is a lot of discussion as to where the hops etc. come from, because all the ingredients make the different tastes.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby auster_aiglet » 05 Oct 2014, 17:48

I'm nearly sure I've seen 'Spitfire' beer in our local Tescos. I'll have to check next time I'm in!

I'm also sure I've photos of Spitfires with actual beer kegs mounted under the wings. None of this pouring it into drop tanks... or is that after the fact and he's actually doing something else?

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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 18:50

I have the kegs under the wings pic but having stumbled upon the one posted dug further and came up with...
http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2014/06 ... -normandy/

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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby SaintedAunt » 05 Oct 2014, 18:55

It's interesting you came across that because I am quite sure I have recently too. I think it might have been on a recent TV programme - there have been a lot of what I call snippets programmes on BBC4 and the other channels recently - usually really interesting offbeat things.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tommy Smith » 05 Oct 2014, 19:00

Its new to me but an interesting article.

auxiliary dual-purpose tanks were filled with Bitter on one side and Mild on the other
Chilled to perfection.

and
'We were, in fact, a little concerned about the strength situation of the barrels, and on application to Henty and Constables for basic stressing data we were astonished to find that the eventuality of being flown on the bomb racks of a Spitfire was a case which had not been taken into consideration in the design of the barrels. However, flight tests proved them to be up to the job. This installation, incidentally, was known as Mod XXX Depth charge'.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Tracer » 05 Oct 2014, 19:47

Mr. Tracer drinks Spitfire Ale and we buy it in Waitrose. I'm not a beer drinker (like the taste can't manage the quantity) so I have a few slurps from his glass from time to time. He also likes Hoppy Hare (that's my favourite) and Fursty Ferret. These are made in small quantities by small brewers and go to the local markets as a rule.
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Re: Spitfire Ale

Postby Kismet » 05 Oct 2014, 19:53

Now if you drink out of cans, instead of bottles...

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