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Beer Backstory: The Christmas Special

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December 1, 2017

The final beer in our 78’ range has arrived and my gosh I think we may have saved the best until last!

In 1978 Butcombe Brewing Co. began. It was a time of cultural, social and political change, sound tracked by bands full of spit and anger, riding the crest of the punk wave as Margaret Thatcher took the Tory leadership, the IRA waged war, the Yorkshire Ripper cast a long shadow over the North and the meaning of life was revealed as the number 42… Each of our ’78 Range beers is an homage to important events or persons that helped make 1978 so special.

The Butcombe Christmas Special has been brewed in celebration of the kings of Christmas comedy that graced our screens on an all new network in 1978. Yes, we’re talking about Morecambe and Wise, who else could it have been? The double act was an enduring part of our TV schedules for decades and in 1978 they took the leap of faith from the BBC to Thames Television with the aim to produce more movies alongside their TV shows.

Eric and Ernie first met at the stage production of ‘Youth Takes A Bow‘ in 1940. Eric’s mother Sadie took charge of both youngsters after and suggested they formed a double act. This lasted all the way until Eric’s passing 40 years later. Amongst their plethora of successful shows, one of their previous Christmas Special’s had gathered viewings of over 25 million people (roughly half of the UK’s population at the time!).

The 1978 Christmas Special aired them showcasing their classic and well-loved comedic wit, performing sketches such as a royal ‘This is Your Life’ and ‘The Fabulous Forties’. To bolster the atmosphere further they had celebrity guests including Frank Finlay and Leonard Rossiter join them as well as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson! The musical offerings exhibited on the night were all new and soon came to be some of their most fondly remembered work.

In homage to the Kings of Christmas Comedy we’ve produced a beer that’s sure to bring you sunshine no matter the occasion.

The Taste?

German crystal and English malts which combine to offer nutty, toasted caramel and dried fruit notes. Think of rich, spicy Christmas cake with herbal earthiness. Think of roaring log fires and sweet festive aromas. The perfect partner to your turkey or the right balance to the Boxing Day cheese board, Christmas Special brings cheer to every table.

The 78 range by Butcombe. Limited in number, but never limited on flavour. Don’t let them pass you by.

*Swings down the steps and dips top hat*

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