Ale. 8.3% abv.
Extinction is a strong
barley wine developed as an historical investigation by Brewlab and produced
commercially by the Darwin Brewery. It is a recreation of the
barley wine from the now closed Scarborough and Whitby Brewery.
Extinction Ale as we know it arose from
the analysis of a bottle recovered from a cellar near Grosmont on
the North Yorkshire Moors. The new owner of
a property discovered a crate of twelve champagne bottles in the cellar. The bottle corks had the were dated 1928 and, believing the contents to be a valuable vintage from the year Champagne
appellation was initiated, the bottles were brought to Brewlab.
expectations were redirected when the liquid was found to be a strong ale
rather than sparkling wine. One
possibility is that the beer was a 'coming-of-age ale', a tradition of laying down the bottles on the day of
birth of a family member - in this case possibly of the Scarborough and Whitby Brewery - who
may have owned the premises. Such heritage
beers were typically strong and designed to last 21 years to celebrate the
future coming of age.
Brewlab allowed the malt and hop character to be assessed and a recipe
formulated. Microbiological observations indicated that the yeast was still
present and after some effort was re-constituted to allow an authentic brew of
the beer. These were sold at the Scarborough Hoe in the Wall pub and at the
Maltings in York.
brew was conducted for Christmas 1998 and has developed popularity and acclaim
since winning recent awards for Best Strong Ale in the 2015 CAMRA Winter Beer
competition. At the time Bill Broadmoor
of Scarborough CAMRA commented:
“There will be much interest. People travel the length of Britain to taste
beer like this. It’ll be great.”
Extinction Ale has now travelled around many
outlets and festivals in Britain and really does taste great!