Finally. We get to explain the difference between a Bitter and Pale Ale. First, a Bitter is not bitter. A Bitter is a British-style ale.

From that moment that "bitter" beers became popular in the 1840s, "bitter beers" and 'pale ales" were synonymous to brewers and commentators. There was no difference between the two. Brewers put "Pale Ale" on their bottles.

In the pub, it was a different story. Pub customers were used to mild ales, known simply as "ales" prior to the development of Pale Ale, a beer with more body and a bit more robust than a "Mild." They astarted ordering a "Bitter" to mean they wanted it instead of the Mild.

To this day in Great Britain, a Bitter is the draft form of a Pale Ale and Pale Ale is the bottled version. Weird, but kind of cool.

When we originally brewed 'Ol 33, we purposely used a yeast that would give off a green apple note. Most people didn't care for it. So we never brewed it again.

Until now, for our 20th anniversary. That green apple not? Don't worry. We didn't record what it was. So we used another different yeast, resulting in a dryish and subtle bitter finish. Cheers!


Style Guidelines: English-style Bitter

Rotation Schedule: not yet established

Food Pairings: English cheddar; classic fish and chips

Body: medium
Color: golden coppen

Grain: British pale and lager; Victory and Crystal

Bittering Hops: American Columbus
Finishing Hops:
British East Kent Golding

Original Gravity: 1.050
IBUs: 23
Alcohol By Volume: 5.0%

First Tapped: August 26, 1998, as a one-off
Tapped Again:
August 2, 2018 for our 20th anniversary