As Marstons sells its Bedford brewery will Youngs Winter Warmer survive?

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2022 by kmflett

As Marstons sell its Bedford brewery will Youngs Winter Warmer survive?

Youngs Winter Warmer has been brewed again and can be found on the bar in surviving Youngs badged pubs. I have yet to sample the 2022 vintage but hope to do so in the next couple of weeks.

Whether we’ll see Winter Warmer in 2023 must be open to doubt. After Youngs left brewing, their beers were brewed at the Charles Wells brewery in Bedford. This became the Eagle brewery and was owned by Marstons until they sold it this week to Spanish lager maker Estrella. Marstons say the beers brewed at Bedford will be produced at their other UK breweries, although having just shut Jennings there are a diminishing number.

An equally imponderable issue is does Winter Warmer still taste as it did in the 1970s and 1980s. I’m not really sure how one judges that (beyond checking if the recipe has changed). In the 1970s I was a fan of Theakston’s Old Peculier. I still drink it occasionally but generally it’s a little too sweet for my taste now. The beer may have changed a bit but my taste in beer certainly has.

However the reality is that 2022 may be a last chance to check. When Big Beer moves production of beers around the country, anything beyond the core range- in this case Ordinary and Special- tends to get lost. Even there as Roger Protz noted on social media the idea and taste of Youngs as ‘London Ales’ is gone


One Response to “As Marstons sells its Bedford brewery will Youngs Winter Warmer survive?”

  1. Keith fwiw I think Young’s Winter Warmer has not changed. I knew it in the 1980s-90s and last had it about five years ago, in London. Same rich caramel-toned drink I recalled. I can’t say this, necessarily, for numerous other draught beers, but that one yes.

    Similar for Ordinary and Special. I think possibly Ordinary was more bitter before I first broached it, based on an opinion M. Jackson expressed in early writing, but my taste history doesn’t go back that far.

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