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Jeffery Hudson Bitter: A Historic Beer From Oakham Ales


JHB was the first beer brewed by Oakham Ales back in 1993, named after the legendary local figure Sir Jeffery Hudson (1619-1682).

Hudson was England’s smallest man, and was born in England’s smallest county, Rutland. The son of an Oakham butcher, Sir Jeffrey was normally proportioned but only 18 inches tall until well into middle age, when he “grew” to a height of 3ft 6ins.

It is said that he came to the attention of Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I, when he was hidden inside a venison pie at a banquet in her honour held at the Duke of Buckingham’s home near Oakham.

Hudson then became an adventurer, courtier and duellist in the service of King Charles 1. At only 3 and a half feet tall, his modest strength was more than made up for in his character, much like the Oakham Bitter named after him.

A superbly refreshing light gold beer, the JHB was an award winner from its inception, and was Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2011. The bitter is packed with flavour and is wonderfully complex for a 3.8% ABV, with a hoppy finish and soft fruit flavours.

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