for the Mad Bishop and Bear with new brew.
If you happen to be travelling through Paddington station, we are pleased to tell you that the station now has its very own beer, thanks to the endeavours of our very own Helen Wilson, licensee of the Mad Bishop & Bear pub, and two of her staff members – Brendan O’Brien and Matt Cooper – who brewed the beer at Brewster’s Brewery in Grantham with Sara Barton, British Brewer of the Year, 2012-2013.
Mad Bear is a golden ale packed full of English malts and hops and will be launched at the Mad Bishop & Bear pub on Thursday 17 April. Helen Wilson had the idea for a house brew as a unique addition to the pub’s already varied selection of Fuller’s and guest ales.
Helen said: “Customers and staff of the Mad Bishop & Bear are complete ale devotees and we often discuss how amazing beer is. Having sold millions of pints of ale over the years, I wanted to experience actually brewing it. And now I have, I am even more besotted. I hope when our customers taste Mad Bear, they will be too.”
Helen was keen to pay homage to Paddington station’s ursine namesake and his culinary preferences, so she asked Sara Barton to devise a beer with as much marmalade character as possible. The result is a rich 4% golden brew with resinous, orange and marmalade notes over a biscuity malty base. On brew day Helen, Matt and Brendan did not sit passively watching Sara do all the hard work – they rolled up their sleeves and got down to some serious hard work hauling malts and hops around the brewery. Once the brew was sent off for fermentation, they even climbed into dark, hot vessels to clean them out. No need to go to the gym when you’re a brewer.
On Thursday 17 April, watch out for the pub staff member dressed up in a plush bear costume and ably attended by a ‘Mad Bishop’ who will be handing out free samples of Mad Bear on the station concourse. Helen is hoping that many thirsty travellers will then drift up the escalators to the pub and order their very own pint of the golden brew, along with canapés and nibbles to match with the flavours of the beer. Mad Bear is a limited edition beer and will be quenching commuters’ thirsts until the middle of May.
Such a tasty beer is definitely worth missing the odd train for.