Available from October to Christmas, the acclaimed mathematician’s namesake beer Ada Lovelace will be a 4.2% ABV porter. It will be the fourth and last in our 2019 series of Nottinghamian Celebration ales that has included Vicki McClure and Viv Anderson MBE.
Ada was Lord Byron’s only legitimate child. She was born in 1815 while Byron was making one of many attempts to sell Newstead Abbey, his Nottinghamshire property. It is believed she only set foot in the place once. That was in 1850, when she visited as a guest of owner Thomas Wildman, and left feeing low and miserable. ‘It ought to belong to me,’ she said of her determination to return. But it was not to be; she died in 1852 having never been back.
However, while Lord Byron and his work is still fondly remembered today by his fans; Ada’s legacy has shaped our day-to-day lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. Her work on the “analytical engine” changed the world and her success as the ‘first computer programmer’ has made her a prominent and compelling symbol for women in STEM fields and in general.
Our porter, here for autumn, will be deep and delicious with flavours reminscent of chocolate biscuits from the malt mix: Chocolate, Munich, Crystal and Caramalt.
Our celebration beers honour the achievements and lives of the native-born and adopted daughters and sons of Nottinghamshire. Ada is a somewhat tenuous but nonetheless important choice. Lewis Townsend manages the series and explains, ‘She loved Newstead, as do all of us, and we feel it’s right to recognise that’.
The Pit Micropub
‘Ada Lovelace’ will be launched at the pub near the former Byron estate; at the Pit Micropub in Newstead Village within a 100 yards of the Abbey gatehouse on Ada Lovelace Day, Tuesday 8 October 2019.
Lorraine Horrocks, landlady at the Pit, is delighted to host the occasion. ‘We get many visitors stopping off on their way to the Abbey. They come from South Africa, the USA and all over Europe with many as interested in the daughter as they are the father. In fact, she is becoming ever more prominent in our regular spoken word nights. Ada means a lot to us and our community of Newstead,’ she says.
The Ada Lovelace beer will be available at selected pubs across the East Midlands and Yorkshire during the last three months of 2019.