A caramel-y, 5.5 ABV ESB created by Bristol Brewing Company was unveiled this past Friday at the Broadmoor Golden Bee, in celebration of the Bee's 50th anniversary. (See here for the tavern's history.)
Owner Mike Bristol says his crew created 34 kegs of the "ESBee," with a recipe inspired by classic English recipes. With East Kent Golding hops and crystal malt, the brew is strongly hoppy up front, but mellows with a few swallows to a nicely sweet and rich brown.
The nice thing about creating a new recipe from scratch? "When you're researching a beer," Bristol says, "you've got to drink lots of beer."
The ESB will be available at all Broadmoor restaurants and at BBC's tasting room. Broadmoor spokeswoman Lindsey Bradish says she expects the beer to remain around for a while, if not indefinitely.