Cheers to Incapability Brown Ale!

26.08.2016 | category: General
Raising a toast in Incapability Brown Ale at Burton Constable
Raising a toast in Incapability Brown Ale at Burton Constable

Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire, is one of the best-documented examples of Brown’s work at a country house estate and is celebrating the tercentenary year with a programme of exhibitions, tours and events.

A unique and somewhat surprising aspect of Burton Constable’s Capability Brown celebrations is an exhibition on Country House Brewing, which is housed in the old Brewhouse that was built to Brown’s design in 1772 and demonstrates the practical side of brewing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In celebration of Brown’s work at Burton Constable and his brewhouse, Burton Constable has teamed up with Great Newsome Brewery to develop a limited-edition bottle beer, aptly named ‘Incapability Brown Ale’. Brewed using brown malt found in some older recipes, this brown ale - although brewed stronger to suit the modern palate - is typical of an ale that would have been brewed in a historic brewhouse. The beer is now on sale in the Burton Constable gift shop and tearoom as well as being available in local pubs, bars and restaurants. To find out more visit

Great Newsome Brewery is a family run award winning craft brewery including 3 World Beer Awards and is based close to the city of Hull in East Yorkshire. The brewery uses home-grown malting barley from its farm to brew its range of beers and uses quirky names such as Sleck Dust, Pricky Back Otchan and Frothingham Best. Established in 2007 it now supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and overseas.

About the author: Kelly Wainwright is Curator at Burton Constable Hall.


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