Best Bitter ~ 3.8% abv draught / 4% in 500ml bottle
Our first brew and still our top seller, Ringwood Best accounts for over 70% of our production. It is the beer most closely associated with the brewery and is the market leader in our area.
Best is a well-rounded beer with a delicious malt flavour balanced by a tangy citrus hoppiness. Brewed with floor-malted barley, Goldings, Progress, Fuggles and Challenger hops.
Fortyniner ~ 4.9% draught and bottle (500ml)
The name is taken from the beer's strength at 4.9% but also evokes its golden colour. Ringwood has been brewing Fortyniner since 1978 and is our second most popular beer. It is a golden full-bodied malty beer with a deep bitter-sweet finish. Brewed with floor-malted barley, Goldings, Progress, Fuggles and Challenger hops.
In 2004 the decision was made to create an identity for the beer and to focus on its colour and abv with a view to attracting new and younger drinkers.
The 3-stage promotional campaign started with 'Get the Rush' - to focus on the gold rush of 1849 - and then carried on with Gold Fever and Gold Rush and was a hit with consumers.
Old Thumper ~ 5.6% draught and bottle (500ml)
At 5.6% abv, Old Thumper is our strongest beer and was first brewed in 1979. In 1988 it was awarded the accolade of 'Champion Beer of Britain' by CAMRA which propelled it onto a national stage and it is still our flagship brew today.
It is the only beer to feature a boars head as its logo which is a key element of the beers' identity. It denotes strength and character which is why we decided to run a marketing campaign in 2002 to promote its strength and individuality.
Coincidentally, Old Thumper is also brewed for us under license by Shipyard Brewery in Maine, New England.
Old Thumper is a copper coloured full-flavoured strong ale brewed with floor-malted barley and Goldings, Progress, Fuggles and Challenger hops.
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