18 August 2012

Gladiator Spelt Beer (@TebayServices Westmorland Service Station) [By @SpectreUK]

Glebe Farm, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, produces wheat, spelt, gluten free flours and breakfast cereals, and also beer. This 4.2% volume Gladiator beer was brewed with Spelt, which is a grain that was originally grown by the Romans to produce bread and beer. Although Spelt is rarely grown today, Glebe Farm still carries on the tradition as the Romans used to grow Spelt on their land during their occupation. Apparently Roman coins are still being dug up on Glebe Farm’s land today. Glebe Farm malts the Spelt and sends it to a local brewer for brewing in a natural and traditional way. This amber coloured beer had a strong wheaty grainy odour and taste to it. It had a full bodied “olde beer” feel to the flavour that made me feel like I was drinking something steeped in tradition, whilst the luscious bitterness jumped up and slapped my tongue pleasingly. The trouble was that I only had the one 330ml bottle, when I should have bought a whole crate of this beer! Also available from Glebe Farm is Emperor Spelt Lager, which I look forward to trying out at some point.
By Spectre

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