In 1968, Eldridge Pope Brewing Co. created Thomas Hardy’s Ale to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the writer’s death.
Nearly 50 years later, the barleywine is still available for consumption.
After Eldridge Pope discontinued Thomas Hardy’s Ale production in 1999 and shut down all operations a year later, the beer was revived by O’Hanlons Brewing in 2003, but met the same fate in 2008.
In 2012, the Vecchiato brothers purchased the recipe and in 2015 released the version of Thomas Hardy’s Ale as we know it today. The beer is brewed at Meantime Brewing Co. in London.
According to labels filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the 2017 vintage is 11.7 percent ABV and will be available in 330ml bottles.