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What’s in Stein’s Stein is a new biweekly feature celebrating the liquids made, sold, and served by underrepresented voices in the craft beverage industries.
Beer: Fuller’s London Pride
Maker: Georgina “George” Young
Hometown: Bristol, England
Price: $8.25 per 20 oz imperial pint
Taste: Brewed entirely with English barley, hops, and Fuller’s house ale yeast, this is an easy-drinking ale. Whiffs of ripe peach perk the nostrils and its pale orange color precedes a crisp, fruity finish.
“London Pride is made with our house yeast, which brings an orange citrus character,” Young says. The head brewer likens its flavor to orange marmalade. It’s a balanced beer—quite jammy yet not cloyingly sweet—and has a dry finish.
Elephant & Castle carries London Pride in keg form, which gives the beer more fizz than when it’s poured from a cask. Young notes a slight spiciness from the English hop varieties Northdown, Challenger, Goldings, and Target.
“We have a saying here at Fullers: You don’t really appreciate how good London Pride is until you’re on about your third pint,” Young says.
Story: Young, who started at the brewery in 1999, is the first female head brewer in Fuller’s 172-year history. “We do now have some female shift brewers and operators around the place, which is great to see, but it’s not my mission to turn it into an all-female brewery,” she says.
In between her post as production brewer in 1999 and her appointment to head brewer in January, Young became a mom and taught secondary science classes. The key to her success? Teamwork. “I think you have to surround yourself with a team who can help you,” she says. “I’m not the trendiest person with the beard, but I do have trendy people with beards all around me.”
Where to try it: Elephant and Castle, 900 19th St. NW; (202) 296-2575; elephantcastle.com