Frances Moore
Elveden Ales
The Courtyard
Elveden Estate

IP24 3TA  

Phone 01842 878922



• Ale 5·2%
• Stout 5·0%
• Forest Gold 3·9%  Brewed by Iceni
• Harwich Charter Ale 10·0% *

 *Brewed as a one-off for the 2004 Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival. A re-creation of Allsopp's Arctic Ale, brewed in 1852 for Captain Edward Belcher's expedition to the Arctic in search of John Franklin.

 Harwich Charter Ale 10.0%

 In early September 2004 Frances Moore from Elveden Ales in Suffolk took all the research - including a suggested recipe from our own Colchester CAMRA homebrewer extraordinaire Colin Miller - and turned it into reality at her Elveden Brewery in Suffolk. Two highly successful brewers - Brendan Moore from the Iceni Brewery and Ian Hornsey from the Nethergate Brewery - had been involved in the final recipe and Brendan (Frances' Father) was on hand to help brew the beer. The beer will mature in cask until December when eager noses and taste buds will be on hand to sample this revival of a forgotten style.

 So - what is the beer going to taste like? Here are some tasting notes from the 1875 brew:

 .. of a nice brown colour, and of a vinous, and at the same time nutty flavour, and as sound as on the day it was brewed.

Another taster recorded that the beer was:

.. mellow as old Burgundy and as nourishing as a beefsteak.

It is not going to be a session ale but one that you will want to sip and savour!


Cambridge Winter Ale Festival 2005 - Champion Beer

 The clear winner was:

Elveden Brewery's Harwich Charter Ale 10% so congratulations to the brewer, Frances Moore.

Roger Protz' article in What's Brewing (Beer section, Feb. 2005) explains this re-creation of of Alsopp's Artic Ale was based on research by Frances' father, Brendan, of Iceni Brewery, Ian Hornsey (ex-Nethergate), Ray Anderson of the Brewery History Society and Colin Miller of the Colchester & NE Essex branch of CAMRA.