Here’s a press release about our forthcoming Russian Imperial Stout, and its release:

New Lion Brewery are going Russian as they celebrate their second birthday.  The Totnes-based brewery, who brew on Station Road, and whose Pandit IPA was recently voted ‘Britain’s 17th Hottest Beer’, are marking the anniversary of their launch by creating a piece of Totnes history.  Last year, on their first birthday, they brewed a Russian Imperial Stout.  Russian Imperial Stouts are often referred to as “the king of stouts”, boasting high alcohol content and plenty of malt character.  They are also one of few beers that can be laid down like wine and which improve with age.  Here, Head Brewer Mat Henney introduces this new brew:

They have produced 739 bottles of Russian Imperial Stout.  Every year, half the bottles will be released for sale.  In the meantime, they will be stored in the old Lion Brewery building on South Street, where they will be aged amid the dust of the town’s former brewery.  Every year, a new batch will be brewed on New Lion’s birthday, and then sold in the same way.  ​Sales of the individually numbered bottles of the 2014 Vintage Russian Imperial Stout will ​be ​launched formally by Totnes Mayor Jacqi Hodgson ​ at midday on Saturday 28th November at the brewery (next to China Blue)​.  She will be presented with the 001 bottle to auction later for the Mayor’s charities.  Head brewer Mat Henney said:

“368 bottles will go onsale at midday on Saturday 28th, and buyers will be limited to 5 bottles each.  Usual discounts for members will apply.  We really recommend that if you want to get your hands on these pieces of Totnes history you make sure you get down here for the launch at midday, as these will go very fast”.

New Lion Brewery, a Living Wage employer and supporter of emerging social enterprises in the town, brew 3 core beers, Pandit IPA, Mane Event and Totnes Stout which are available widely in and around Totnes, and they will soon be launching their ‘White Label Series’ available only from the brewery, of short-run experimental brews.