This ale has been a world-class favorite for over forty years.
Food Loves Beer Editors
Not satisfied with following the norm by simply brewing bitter and special bitter like their peers, Fuller’s created a new style of beer with the introduction of their Extra Special Bitter in 1971. Stronger and richer than other pale ales, the beer was an immediate hit in and around London and grew to become one of the most decorated beers in England. Fuller’s ESB won the title of Champion Beer of Britain twice, but it isn’t the accolades that make this rich, fruity ale so popular—it’s the flavor.
Whether served from a cask, keg or bottle, this dark amber elixir excites the senses with aromas of toffee, plum, and Seville oranges. Malt flavors reminiscent of freshly baked scones mingle with bittersweet caramel and grassy English hops. Toffee lingers on the palate throughout this medium-bodied brew and the typically low carbonation of English ales carries a delicate fruity bitterness into the finish. A pint of Fuller’s ESB enjoyed in the company of good friends is one of life’s true pleasures.
Serve in a pint or half pint glass at 50-55 F.
Suggested Food Pairings: Fuller’s ESB is perfect alongside a ploughman’s lunch, fish & chips, or Honey Glazed Roasted Duckling.
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