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Town Crier’s Stout

Beer Type :
Strength :
4.0% ABV
Brewing Notes :
This beer was brewed by the Brewster - Alison - one for the ladies.

Deep reddish brown to black in colour, made with Maris Otter and Roasted Barley among others. Mildly hopped with East Kent Goldings.

Burnt coffee aroma with a smooth light chocolate finish.

Why Town Crier’s Stout?

Doncaster has its own Town Crier, Henry Cryer, after whom the beer is named. Henry Cryer attended the Launch Event of the Brewery in September 2012 and after tasting the beer he proclaimed that the beer “Was good and fit for drinking”.The Town Crier, or bellman, is an officer of the court who makes public pronouncements as required by the court and can also make public announcements in the streets. Criers are usually dressed elaborately, by a tradition dating back to the 18th century, in a red and gold robe with white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat.

The handbell they carry is used to attract peoples attending and they shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!” before making their announcements. The word Oyez means ?hear ye? which is a call for silence and attention.

Town Criers were protected by law as they sometimes brought bad news, such as tax increases. The job was done in the name of the ruling monarch and harming a Town Crier was considered to be treason, hence the phrase “Don’t shoot the messenger”.