We received an email from Clare with the description of her adventure… Have you ever lived this kind of experience with a beer?  *** “I am not a beer drinker. But when I was given a 33cl bottle of 1994 Thomas Hardy vintage ale, I knew it was special.  It was gifted to my daughter   Read More …

What does a brewer do when he has all the right ingredients for the beer he has in mind? Simple enough, he makes trials. Nothing comes out randomly, and no beer is just luck. We, at Thomas Hardy’s Ale, are looking for perfection and we try to do our best. This is why, during these   Read More …

What is a beer made up of? Of natural ingredients. In most cases water, barley malt, hops and yeast. So it is for Thomas Hardy’s Ale. Here are the raw materials that contribute to the creation of this legendary Ale. We can now unveil them… Three are the malts used, Pale Ale UK, Crystal and   Read More …

“Thomas Hardy’s Ale is one of the most celebrated British beers of the past few decades, a venerable and venerated barley wine…”. Adrian Tierney-Jones, 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die *** “Thomas Hardy’s Ale is brewed in small quantities and sold in numbered bottles. It is not pasteurized and the brewery suggests to   Read More …

When talking of a beer so extraordinary as Thomas Hardy’s Ale the reference to memorable vintages is never an exaggeration. Each vintage, every year if you prefer, is actually characterised by different shades. In addition, the fascinating “miracle” of ageing in the cellar allows to enjoy, as long as you succeed in leaving a Thomas   Read More …

A barley wine, or an old ale? This is not as pedantic a question as it may appear. Thomas Hardy’s Ale is such an important beer that it can actually be classified in two different categories. If the barley wine definition is perhaps the more common and widely-acknowledged, quite a few English experts put this   Read More …

Thomas Hardy was one of the greatest English novelists and poets of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in 1840 in the small village of Upper Bockhampton, Dorset. Not so far from the small city of Dorchester, where the Eldridge Pope Brewery opened its doors in 1881. Following a period spent   Read More …

Basically, Thomas Hardy’s Ale’s return has a single reason. It is a beer that we have loved since the very first time we tasted it. So, basically, that’s all there is to it! Simple. We haven’t kept records over the years of the ups and downs of this exceptional barley wine, a truly unique example   Read More …

Sandro and Michele Vecchiato, champions of the return of Thomas Hardy’s Ale, are two brothers from Padova who were born and raised in the world of beer. They have worked in the beer industry since 1982, their company is specializing in the import and distribution of quality beers for the Italian market. Over thirty years,   Read More …

Welcome to the new virtual home of Thomas Hardy’s Ale, the world’s most famous barley wine, a beer become legend. In all our years of dedication and love for our work we have come across Thomas Hardy’s Ale a few times, and every time the joy this extraordinary beer brought us re-ignited our passion for   Read More …