April 18, 2021

New ‘Spring Forward’ pale ale from Meantime arrives for British Summer Time

This Sunday (28th March 2021), Meantime Brewing Company is launching a new ‘Spring Forward’ pale ale, just as the clocks go forward an hour, signalling the start of British Summer Time.

The limited-edition Spring Forward pale ale (4% ABV) has been specially brewed and crafted for longer summer days. The beer is made with Australian Galaxy hops and boasts aromas of passion fruit and peach, supported by a biscuit like malt base. The beer will be available to purchase from Meantime’s online shop https://shop.meantimebrewing.com/.

To launch the new beer Meantime has teamed up with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, also known as ‘The Home of Time.’

Royal Observatory Greenwich hosted the first official tasting of Meantime’s ‘Spring Forward’ pale ale in the Meridian Courtyard, with Meantime Head Brewer Thorsten Fischer and Senior Brewers Sven Hartmann and Joe Gardner.

The Brewers took the first sips of the beer at the Meridian line and in front of the Shepherd Gate Clock, a unique 24-hour analogue time piece that was the first ever clock to show Greenwich Mean Time.

Thorsten Fischer, Head Brewer at Meantime Brewing Company, says: “Our new Spring Forward pale ale has been crafted specifically for British summertime. It’s brewed with Australian, Galaxy hops which offer a distinct passionfruit aroma. It’s bright and refreshing, the perfect drink to enjoy in the sunshine and the longer days.  This launch is a very proud moment for our brewing team, as a fellow Greenwich based institution we’re proud to be associated with The Royal Observatory. We look forward to working with them, and other members of the Greenwich community, in the future.”

Lucy Cooke from Royal Museums Greenwich said: “We’d like to thank Meantime Brewing Company for their support, and we were delighted for the first official tasting of their new pale ale to happen at Royal Observatory Greenwich ahead of the clocks going forward this weekend. Meantime’s support will further the Museum’s work, and we look forward to this being the first step in a long and fruitful partnership.”

Founded in 1999 by Alastair Hook, Meantime Brewing Company started life in a small lock-up on an industrial estate opposite Charlton Athletic’s football ground, before moving to the Greenwich Brewery.

Meantime Brewing Company have announced a corporate partnership with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, also known as ‘The Home of Time’.

Since the late 19th Century, Royal Observatory Greenwich has been home to the Prime Meridian, the line that marks the divide between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The longitude and latitude of countries around the world are based on their distance from this spot, which also acts as the global centre of time.

In celebration of the launch, the Greenwich based brewer will be offering home delivery of 1,000 complimentary packs to beer lovers across the UK so they can experience the first taste of Spring in the comfort of their home, with an exclusive giveaway launching at 1am on Sunday 28th of March.

The first thousand beer fans to visit http://springforward.meantimebrewing.com/ will get their hands on a unique code, entitling them to a free six-pack of ‘Spring Forward’ redeemable through the Meantime website Webshop, with codes distributed on a first come first served basis.