Old Speckled Hen
Octagon Newsletter … March 2000
By Neil Fawdry
The two-tone finishes were a feature of MGs through the years and did much to increase the appeal of certain models. This was not the case for a factory vehicle fondly called the "Old Speckled un" by local residents and only one car was ever produced. It was a 1927 fabric covered saloon with a striking stippled finish on its lower panels. The car was powered by a 14/40 (14 hp and 40 BHP or 40 MPH … your choice) and was used at the Abingdon factory as a hack for several years.
As the 60th anniversary of the Abingdon factory approached, MG asked Morland the brewers of Abingdon, to produce a special ale to celebrate the event … and the "Old Speckled Hen" was born.
"Old Speckled Hen" is a strong pale ale which owes its distinctive character and dry taste to a unique strain of yeast, first used in 1896. It can be purchased today at your local Government Jar shop. The taste is as unique as was the "Old Speckled Hen" in the late 1920s.
Morlands Brewery … http://www.morlands.co.uk
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