A beer being brewed in honour of a pioneering woman credited with writing the first computer programme is launching next week in Newstead – once home to her famous poet father Lord Byron.
The new beer is being named after Ada Lovelace and is set to be given its first tasting on Ada Lovelace Day, which takes place on Tuesday (October 8), at The Pit Micropub in Newstead Village, which is within 100 yards of the Newstead Abbey gatehouse – which was her ancestral home.
The Pit’s Landlady, Lorraine Horrocks, is delighted to host the occasion.
She said: “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,”
Available from October to Christmas, the mathematician’s namesake beer ‘Ada Lovelace’ will be a 4.2 per cent ABV porter and becomes the fourth in the 2019 Nottinghamian series that has included ‘Vicki McClure’ and ‘Viv Anderson’.
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 thought 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. It was not to be; she died in 1852 having never been back.
Castle Rock Brewery’s celebration beers honour the achievements and memories of the native-born and adopted daughters and sons of Nottinghamshire. Lewis Townsend, who manages the four-a-year series admits Ada’s is a tenuous “but nonetheless important” choice. “She loved Newstead, as do all of us, and we feel it’s right to recognise that,” he says.
The ‘Ada Lovelace’ beer will be available at selected pubs across the East Midlands and Yorkshire in the last three months of 2019.