The famous speckled one is about to lose some weight, it seems: Greene King is lowering the alcoholic strength of Old Speckled Hen from 5.2 per cent to 4.5 per cent in a bid to boost sales. By dropping the ABV, the team behind the changes expect that drinkers will see it as more accessible and less as an occasional treat.
I’m not sure at all how this will work but: Greene King has promised that while the alcohol content of Old Speckled Hen will be lower, the taste, ingredients and brewing process are not altered.
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Here’s hoping that Cock and Bull Monk’s Habit, Emerson’s Bourbon Porter, Renaissance Stonecutter, Galbraith’s Resurrection and other New Zealand strong beers don’t follow suit.