Father Thames label

Windsor & Eton Brewery new beer pays homage to ancient Thames river god

February 16, 2017, 2:00 pm

Windsor & Eton Brewery released details of their first new beer for 2017, Father Thames Premium Bitter. The name evokes the spirit of the ancient river god worshipped in London since pre Roman times.

Paddy Johnson, Co-founder and Master Brewer says:

“Father Thames is a really important beer for us. This beer tells the story of how the Thames has been a historic gateway for beer into London. We want to carry that story on with this great new beer.”

Paddy continues:

“Father Thames is a strong, full flavoured premium bitter with notes of toffee and caramel that are offset with a marmalade hop aroma. From our brewery on the bank of the Thames, we’ve gone upriver to source the barley from local Berkshire farms and downriver to Kent for the British hops.”

Following on from a successful 2016, Co-founder and CFO Will Calvert believes that Father Thames will get 2017 off to a strong start:

Father Thames with St Pauls
Father Thames with St Pauls

“We had a really strong 2016 growing by over 25%. A lot of this is due to the fact that we think we are unique in having a father and son brewing team each with his own brewery name and style. Paddy is an accomplished Master Brewer responsible for all Windsor & Eton beers, while his son Kieran is the lead brewer for Uprising Brewery. Both won national and international awards for their beers last year across cask, keg, bottle and can. The highlights included sweeping the board at the Indie Beer Can awards and then scooping up no fewer than six medals at the hotly contested 2016 SIBA London and SE England competition, including both Gold and Silver in the overall grand final.

Will continues:

“Though trading conditions remain tough going into 2017, we believe that Father Thames will prove very popular especially in London and the wider Thames Valley.”

Father Thames is available in cask and can be ordered with deliveries in London and the Thames Valley from February.


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