Zeeland Guv'nor Extra Special Bitter (330ml Bottle)
Extra Special Bitter was a revolt against the bland ales of war-rationing 1940’s England. It’s a two- nger salute to the creed of “less is more” and follows it’s own mantra,“more is better”. More malt, more hops, more solidar- ity for the common man. It’s been the engine oil of miners strikes, Britpop
and heated arguments about the Premier League from Hull to the East End ever since. “God save the Queen and giz us anuvor pint luv, I’m parched me”.
Guv’nor is a re ned Extra Special Bitter that doesn’t just hide behind hops, it’s malty and proud of it. Crystal malt sings while hops race to keep up.
In England, many breweries have a number of bitters in their range. The style that has come to be known as Premium or Special Bitter generally includes the stronger ( 4.6%-6.0%) examples. These are mostly served in the traditional way from the cask, but some are also found in bottle form where the extra malt allows them to stand up better than the more delicate ordinary Bitter. In the US, the designation ESB is common for this style, owing to the influence of Fuller’s ESB, the London brew that was among the first to be exported to the States. In the US, some ESBs are made with American hops and a clean yeast, but the alcohol range is the same, as is the range of bitterness, usually between 25 and 35 but occasionally creeping higher.