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Bob Copper’s Brew – an ale for a fine man!

Strike a Light is pleased to say that Harvey Brewery in Lewes are inaugurating a very special ale tomorrow to celebrate a centenary since the birth of Sussex singer and song collector Bob Copper of the noted singing Copper Family. It links in beautifully with our recent Ale and Hearty project.

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Bob Copper Centenary Brew

Tomorrow (6th January 2015) is the Centenary of the birth of Bob Copper (1915-2004).

In his lifetime Bob Copper was responsible for collecting and recording many local folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to his forefathers. In an obituary in The Independent newspaper, he was described as “England’s most important traditional folk-singer.”

Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes will be brewing a ‘Copper Ale’ (6% vol.) tomorrow, Tuesday 6th January, at 8.30 am. It will be brewed in the presence of the Copper family, who will sing ‘Oh Good Ale’  while the malted barley is mashed with the spring water. Sussex hops will be added to the resultant sugars and the mixture will be boiled in the ‘Copper’ prior to cooling and fermentation.

It is of good ale to you I’ll sing
And to good ale I’ll always cling,
I like my mug filled to the brim
And I’ll drink all you’d like to bring,
O, good ale, thou art my darling,
Thou art my joy both night and morning.
(Traditional)

The beer will be available for the (sold out) Bob Copper Centenary Event in London this month.

Ale and Hearty final event – 2014

Strike a Light hosted a project book launch recently in Lewes (January 2014).

This involved a drop-in crafts workshop to make slumber pillows using heritage local hops, showcasing our Ale and Hearty project exhibition, a screening of our Ale Tales film, wild food cafe, and free beer tasting.

The hit of the evening was a round table discussion about brewing with Miles Jenner, Master Brewer from Harveys Brewery, David Muggleton – Editor of The Sussex DrinkerGodfrey Broster the brewing vicar, and John Copper of the singing Copper Family.

We had a packed house and a great time, in part due to the generous beer provisions donated by Harveys of Lewes!

Ale and Hearty was an HLF funded social history project about brewing and related agriculture and industry around Lewes.

This project is now finished – 2014

 

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Ale and Hearty hosts—the Vintage Mobile Cinema (for Lewes Heritage Open Days)

HODS weekendA free weekend cinema experience in Lewes, for Heritage Open Days on 14th & 15th September

The Ale and Hearty project hosts the Vintage Mobile Cinema, showcasing a bespoke short film celebrating bygone days of hop-picking, brewing and Sussex traditions, with vintage footage.

Come see our secret cinema and fascinating cinematic archive over the weekend, and enjoy the luxury of the red carpet treatment! We will be showing the film three times per hour, daily.

The Vintage Mobile Cinema is a 22 seater cinema open to all:www.vintagemobilecinema.co.uk/events

This event for Lewes Heritage Open Days, is part of the Ale and Hearty project celebrating lost breweries and brewing in the Lewes area.

Event at:  

Harveys Brewery car park,                                                                                                                       Corner of North Court & Harveys Way,                                                                                             Lewes                                                                                                                                                                            BN7 2JW

(No parking available at venue)

On: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th Sept 10.00-4.00pm

To find out more, please contact Ale and Hearty Project Coordinator:                           aleandheartylewes@gmail.com

Ale and Hearty is a Heritage Lottery Funded Lewes based  project, looking at the heritage of brewing in the town.

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