Our 2024 seasonal
cask ale calendar

CELEBRATING British INNOVATION

At Daniel Thwaites, innovation is one of our guiding principles. We are constantly seeking ways to innovate across our hotels, inns and pubs, and of course in our brewery. 

As a nod to this, our 2024 seasonal ales are celebrating British innovation, showcasing the great innovators from this nation, and their inventions that changed the world. 

Each month, our brewers will be showcasing their talents to produce special craft ales of the season. Have a look at what you can expect below.

January

Baird

Inventor of the television.

John Logie Baird was a Scottish inventor, electrical engineer, and innovator.  He went on to invent the first publicly demonstrated colour television system.

Baird’s early technological successes and his role in the practical introduction of broadcast television for home entertainment have earned him a prominent place in television’s history.

About the beer: Baird is a 3.3% pale ale with a complex tropical and stone fruit aroma ensuring a smooth sweet easy drinking pale ale.

February

Stephenson

Pioneer of rail transport.

George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer during the Industrial Revolution. Renowned as the “Father of Railways”, Stephenson played a key role in the development and building of Britain’s railways.

His most famous invention was the first modern steam locomotive engine called the ‘Rocket’.

About the beer:  Stephenson is a 4.3% brown ale with black pepper and liquorice aroma and a bitter sweet biscuit taste.

March

Bell

Inventor of the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born Canadian-American inventor, scientist and engineer who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

On January 14, 1878, Bell demonstrated the device to Queen Victoria, placing calls to Cowes, Southampton and London. These were the first publicly witnessed long-distance telephone calls in the UK.

About the beer:  Bell is a 3.8% refreshing pale ale brewed with flavours of strawberry, melon, and redcurrants.

April

Bell

Invented the World Wide Web.

Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989.  The web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automated information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.

By the end of 1990, Tim Berners-Lee had the first Web server and browser up and running and by the end of 1994, the Web had 10 000 servers – 2000 of which were commercial – and 10 million users.

About the beer: Berners-Lee is a 4% refreshing amber ale with passion fruit and citrus flavours.

May

Brunel

19th century engineering giant

Brunel was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer who is considered “one of the 19th century engineering giants”.  Brunel built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.

Brunel is probably best remembered for his construction of a network of tunnels, bridges and viaducts for the Great Western Railway.

About the beer: Brunel is a 3.9% golden ale.  Robust malt flavours balanced by the refreshing, full bodied rounded bitterness of English Challenger hops.

June

Turing

Mathematician and code breaker.

Alan Turing was a British mathematician and logician.  He is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.  In 1942 he devised the first systematic method for breaking messages encrypted by the sophisticated German cipher machine that the British called “Tunny.”

At the end of the war, Turing was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his code-breaking work.

About the beer: Turing is a 3.8% light amber ale.  Refreshing and easy drinking with hints of passion fruit and coconut. 

July

Hargreaves

Inventor of the Spinning Jenny

James Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny.  He was born in Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn. The spinning jenny is a historic spinning machine that was invented during the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century.

The spinning jenny was successful because it held more than one ball of yarn, making more yarn in a shorter time and reduced costs.

About the beer: Hargreaves is a 3.6% pale ale.  Easy drinking with a clean malt flavour and refreshing hop character.

August

Fleming

Discoverer of penicillin

Alexander Fleming was a Scottish physician-scientist who was recognised for discovering penicillin. The simple discovery and use of the antibiotic agent has saved millions of lives and earned Fleming the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine.

His discovery has been been described as the “single greatest victory ever achieved over disease”

About the beer: Fleming is a 3.9% session IPA.  A pale IPA with caramalt sweetness and stone fruit citrus characteristics from the hops.

September

Newton

Discoverer of Gravity

Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician who was a top figure of the scientific revolution of the 17th century.   His three laws of motion (the basic principles of modern physics) resulted in the formulation of the law of universal gravitation.

He is considered one of the greatest and most influential scientists in history.

About the beer:  Newton is a 3.8% pale ale. Light and refreshing with tropical and citrus fruits.

October

Handsome Devil

Our Halloween special ‘Handsome Devil’

About the beer: Handsome Devil is a 4.3% chestnut ale flavoured with Bramling Cross hops which gives an aroma of blackberries.

November

Lovelace

The first computer programmer

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation

Her thwarted potential, and her passion and vision for technology, have made her a powerful symbol for modern women in technology.

About the beer: Lovelace is 3.6% IPA with subtle malt and rye character versus maximum bitterness.

December

Yule Love It

Our Christmas special ‘Yule Love It’

About the beer: Yule Love It is a 4% festive ale.  Light amber in colour with a malty aroma. It has a refreshing hint of sharpness with a balanced hop finish.  Yule love it!

December

Good Elf

Our Christmas special ‘Good Elf’

About the beer: Good Elf is a 4.9% spiced ale.  A sweet ale full of festive flavours of clove, orange, ginger and cinnamon, reminiscent of a good old Christmas pud!

This year to complement our seasonal range of cask ales, we have launched the ‘Around the World’ craft beer range.

Why not join us around the world with a selection of one-off small batch limited edition brews, specially created in our craft brewery using the finest ingredients.

Six destinations over six months.

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