Forgotten ale returns after an explosive find

Stuart Bateman with the vintage ale which lay forgotten for 35 years and was only re-discovered after a bottle of the brew exploded. The replica, Bateman's Vintage Ale is on sale nationwide exclusively at Aldi.
Stuart Bateman with the vintage ale which lay forgotten for 35 years and was only re-discovered after a bottle of the brew exploded. The replica, Bateman's Vintage Ale is on sale nationwide exclusively at Aldi.

A family brewed ale, which lay forgotten for 35 years, has been resurrected after a hidden bottle of it exploded and revealed a ‘taste out of this world’.

Bateman’s Vintage Ale is based on the Wainfleet brewery’s barley wine, which it discontinued more than three decades ago to concentrate on draught ale.

Managing director Stuart Bateman decided to recreate the vintage taste of BBB, after stumbling upon a bottle of it which his father George had set aside for his 21st birthday after its final bottle run in 1976.

Stuart said: “When we found the ale I was incredibly touched by the sentiment of my dad all those years ago.

“Looking at the bottles though, I didn’t hold out much hope of anything other than vinegar!

“But once we’d managed to remove the rusty crown cap and poured the ale into a glass I was surprised to see it was clean and clear. Sipping it down, the taste was out of this world – it was malty, beery with a wonderful taste of port, brandy, wine and almonds. Having worked in this industry for more than thirty years I would still say it is the best beer I’ve ever tasted.

“And that’s why we’ve chosen to recreate the ale this Christmas so that hundreds of others can taste this amazing piece of history. I’ll be enjoying mine with some Christmas pudding.”

The ale, which has been described as ‘full flavoured with notes of plum pudding and sherry mixed with rich fruits’ went on sale at Aldi stores across the UK on Thursday.