Here at Cat Asylum we are plundering the archives to achieve something unique – a voyage into the great tastes formulated by the master brewers of the past. Every beer is something newly recreated, another chance to discover what history tasted like.
A 19th Century Brown Ale
A recipe from 1890s London with an unusually high proportion of brown malt helping to give it a distinctive nut brown taste. Cluster and Fuggle hops help to round the flavour off.
A New Zealand Pale Ale
Cat Asylum goes modern with a version of a New Zealand pale ale with Wakatu hops giving it an Antipodean attitude.
A Premium London Pale Ale
From 1963 a recipe for a cask version of what went on to be one of the most notorious keg beers ever produced, as it should have been before the the cost accountants and kegging chemists had their baleful effect on its taste.
Scottish Pale Ale
A Scottish pale ale from the 1940s with the wartime addition of oats giving that mouthfeel more associated with stouts and modern fruity beers.
A 1942 recipe from London with the strong presence of oats giving this mild a soothing taste for people living through some of the darkest times in the war.
Wartime Rye Mild
Another wartime beer from Burton-on-Trent where the rye and oats in the mash give a balanced, slightly roasted flavour.