Ever since the rumour got out that Thomas Hardy’s Ale was coming back, we have started to notice a kind of positive vibration, a mixture of happiness and apprehension coming from every part of the world. When, in autumn 2012, the previous version of Thomas Hardy’s Ale website was launched (www.thomashardysale.com) messages began to arrive from fans. These messages are the most tangible indication of what Thomas Hardy’s Ale means to the world beer community. And they have amazed and thrilled those who have read them.
This is why we wanted to share again the voices of the most important people. That is, the people who have loved this beer and who love it still, people who treasure the old vintages in their cellars, people who were keeping the last precious bottle without knowing when to open it, simply because they thought it was really the last…
Below you will find a selection of messages from these passionate and enthusiastic people.
December 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm
When & where will we be able to purchase the beautiful elixir please?
January 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Congratulations. I am looking forward to it. Please keep a few bottles for a poor Belgian home brewer ;-).
But will it be with that same yeast strain giving it the “pineapple” taste?
January 26, 2013 at 2:43 am
Greetings from Sweden!
Thank you for trying to bring Thomas Hardy’s back from the dead. This was my favourite beer and I still have 5 bottles of the old brew but they won’t last forever.
I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing it on the shelves again.
February 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm
I just wanted to say thank you so very much for the resurrection of this wonderful Ale. This was literally the first beer that I had ever tried and enjoyed.
March 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm
I just opened one of the 25-30 bottles that I have hoarded for the past 5 years, then decided to see if there was any new news. I am so happy to see that I won’t have to spread these bottles out over the rest of my life, I may go pop another!!!! Can’t wait to try the new batch.
March 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm
It’s exciting to see that this beer may come back into production. I’m glad that it’s being done for the right reason: love of quality beer.
I hope this makes it to Canada when the first batches roll off the line. Looking forward to it, and wishing you the best of luck!
November 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm
How is the progress coming? I saw the “Raw Materials” post in October. It got me excited. Is there any talk of a brew date or a release date yet?
December 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm
Having just found your website I look forward to tasting what I consider the nectar of the gods again. I hope it will be produced and sold in bottles, not in tins. I hope it will be produced in nips, 180ml bottles.
December 23, 2013 at 8:16 am
The best beer in the world, ever!
Believe me this ale is awesome…
Even the astonishing and excellent Brewdog’s and DeMolen’s ones are not so great than the Thomas Hardy’s Ale! I’ve only one 1999 bottle left and live only for the day I will drink a Thomas Hardy again 🙂
March 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm
I have been nursing a set of bottles of the 1994 and 1995 vintages. Today I opened one of the 1994s and find it an extraordinary experience. I would not describe it as sherry- or even port-like. It’s like one of those dark chocolates filled with liquid toffee, infusing my entire head with its flavor. I am so fortunate to have held on to these. Why, I must have been gifted with great foresight! I can only hope I’ve retained as much perspicacity as this ale has retained virtue.
August 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm
What great news, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is my most favourite of all time. Do not rush, it will last years, when you finally open it, slowly pour into a jug in one slow pour avoiding the sediment, then leave it to stand for an hour or two before pouring into glass, it will improve the flavour.
Last year 2013 I had my oldest bottle 1988, it had a slight ‘cellar must’ initially but drunk the afore mentioned way was fine.