Brewed by Arkells
The abv of the bottled version (not the cask) was reduced to 4.5% in 2005. A litter later the abv was increased to 4.8% and, later still, back to 5.0% in line with the cask version. By 2017 it was back again at 4.8%.
Kingsdown and 3B are parti-gyled, and the underlying recipe remained the same throughout with the abv variations effected through liquoring down to a varying degree.
Kingsdown Ale is the strongest of our regular beers but is a brother to 3B as it comes from the same mash. It retains a strong character of its own, however, with its rich colour, ripe fruit ’nose’ and that traditional Arkell’s hopiness. You can taste the malt too, along with a bitter-sweet finish and fruit notes. ’Kingsdown’, which is named after the area of Upper Stratton where the brewery is situated, was originally brewed as a special beer to commemorate Swindon Town Football Club’s League Cup triumph in 1969 and went into regular production in 1976.