‘Wassail’ is now all bottled up. 166 bottles in all – the most I’ve ever made in one batch. Have kept a little for tasting but hope to have it ready for sale by the end of the week. I’ve resurrected a warm box, originally made by my late father-in-law for wine-making, and I’m using this to hold the beer at about 15 degrees whilst it matures and conditions.

I’ve also spent a while trying to finalise the label. Having changed the name, I needed a picture to go just under it and I’ve found a nice line drawing of a Saxon king with his entourage, probably returning from a campaign and ready to feast in his Great Hall. There he’d host feasting and drinking and much conviviality. I hope you will enjoy this beer with good company. ‘Wassail!’