I first brewed this beer to give to my girlfriend Lisa’s step father in England, John Cooper. John Cooper was a publican in Birmingham and knew his English beer. He used to call my girlfriend’s spaniel by slapping his knees and yelling “Come to Father John Billy!” which would get her dog Billy whipped into a frenzy. When she went back to visit her step father in England in 1990, she took with her two 750 ml bottles of a beer that I had brewed for him that I thought he would like. When Father John Cooper tried this beer, he famously said “Cor! Now THAT’S a beer a man can take his coat off to!” and promptly sat down and drank the rest of it. Father John was well pleased with the beer and I married Lisa a year later. And that’s why Father John’s Ale has a cocker spaniel on the tap handle–it’s Billy!
Tasting Notes: Very aromatically floral and hoppy nose with light biscuit, toasted malt palate and long, lingering hop aftertaste.
Appearance: Very pale amber
Aroma: Floral hops and fruit esters
Serving Suggestions: Seafood, Light Pasta, Chicken, British cow’s milk cheese
Hops Variety: UK Fuggles, Czech Saaz
Malt Variety: Maris Otter pale ale malt, munich malt, caramel, wheat malt, chocolate malt
Yeast: American Ale
Glassware: Pint Sleeve
Style: British ESB
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C