Last October, Anthony Burgess’ novella A Clockwork Orange reached its 50th anniversary – and to celebrate, the author’s eponymous foundation held an event sponsored by Essex beer company Brentwood Brewing. Brentwood created ‘A Chockwork Orange’, a deep chocolatey, malty beer brewed with oranges and matured to create a classic old ale style, to mark the special occasion – and it has since been served exclusively to those visiting as the foundation’s official beer. At a ‘milk plus’ strength of 6.5% abv, A Chockwork Orange is not for the faint of heart – so Brentwood has created another official beer for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, named after the author’s provocative 1980 novel Earthly Powers. At an easier 3.7% strength, this lightly hopped pale session bitter won’t give you a pain in the gulliver. Be sure to sample some of this delightful and exclusive brew at one of the forthcoming events – such as the book launch of Beacons, a collection of 21 short stories by major UK authors – or just pop in for a refreshing pint after a hard day’s work.

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, £3 a bottle, Café open 10am – 2pm daily and during evening events,

John Stansfield
Published on:
Wed 20 Feb 2013