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The early bird catches the Jester

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted February 21, 2014
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Free-range beers from Yorkshire: Four of Rooster's other brews. © Rooster's Brewing Company

Rooster unleashes Jester but you'd better get your skates on.

The excellent Rooster's Brewing Company of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire "has produced a limited edition, one-off beer using a new English hop called Jester".

"Unlike 99% of the other hops we brew with, which are shipped in from all corners of the globe, Jester is a new English [variety] and only a small amount is currently grown," the company says in a post on its website dated 17/2/14.

"We managed to get a our hands on a small amount of this hop, so it's very much a case of get it whilst you can."

Appropriately named Jester, the 4.3% single-hopped pale ale in question "displays grapefruit and subtle berry fruit flavours and a soft bitterness".

Admittedly, we here at the Rake & Herald have yet to try it, but we have sampled some of the brewery's other "free-range beers from Yorkshire" while slumped at the bar of the excellent Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate.

Or maybe it was in the Tap and Spile, another of the town's excellent real ale pubs.

Either way, the name Rooster has been indelibly scrawled across this particular hacks mind as standing for bloody good beer and so that alone makes me think that this new scoop is well worth a try if you can locate it.

Good luck.

But be quick.

Remember, the early bird catches the Jester.

See also Ring my bell, posted 4/6/12.

Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist and geographer who has so far visited 70 countries on six continents. A published lyricist, he has fronted punk bands in both the UK and Poland, including the only band ever to be kicked off BBC Radio Cornwall. He has been known to like a pint.

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