Rutland Bitter is an alcoholic Beverage brown/amber in colour around 3.4% alcohol by volume. The beer is predominantly bitter in taste with some sweetness, fruity and hoppy aroma. Production of the beer is limited to Rutland and Leicestershire. The water and yeast used is unique to production area. The local recipe and brewing plant give the beer its unique taste and aroma.
There has been a Brewery on the site since 1858. The first record of a beer titled ‘Rutland’ is 1964. Rutland is an old county name. With the reorganisation of local government the county was merged but remains a strong local identity. Since 1997 however Rutland is an independent County Borough.
Method of production
Malt is crushed and mixed with water to obtain sugars. The extracted sugars in the water are boiled with hops for 2 hours. The mash is cooled and inoculated with yeast to cause fermentation of sugars to alcohol and carbon dioxide gas. The final product is matured, clarified, stabilised and packaged. Traditional brewing equipment and indigenous labour force are used in the production process.
The original brewery owned by Ruddles in Langham was closed in 1997. The beer was revived in 2010 and is now only produced by Grainstore Brewery in Oakham.
Davis’es Brewing Company Ltd
The Grainstore Brewery