Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with… The Bottle Collection.
Wellington Black Knight Strong Ale E.S.B. Ale
950 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
This was a bit tough to track down, at first. Apparently there is a Wellington Brewery in England and Google loves that one. I bought this screw top, plastic, bottle: much like cheap American brewers used for years, in Ontario, Canada while on tour in the early to mid-90s.
More body than most ales and a bit more abv, so “strong” was modestly applicable. E.S.B.? Well, perhaps in the more Brit sense, but since there were few of the more aggressive American ESBs at the time… probably accurate.
I remember it being quite pleasant. fairly dark for an ESB. It may have even been “black,” but I’m not sure.
On this same trip I noticed a small place with many mash tuns, so I stopped by. One of the first BOPs I’ve ever seen. But Canada was always way ahead of us back then. I had my first Guinness Export in Montreal about 1974. Guinness pretty much didn’t exist in the east coast stores or bars in the states at the time.
If I am reading the sites right they either don’t brew Black Knight anymore, or it has been renamed. Perhaps Iron Duke? My guess: my plastic bottle is a past tense product.
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