Taste: Fresh, but full-bodied, with a balance between the freshness of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel malts.
Mary Read was born around 1690 in London, England. Her mother passed her off as a boy in search of financial support from her supposed paternal grandmother. Under her male alter ego she grew up and enlisted on a ship as a sailor, later leaving to join the English army, distinguishing herself in battle, and later re-enlisting on a ship. During a voyage, Mary’s ship was attacked and captured by the pirate Jack Rackham and his pirate companion Anne Bonny. Still dressed as a man, Mary was recruited by the pirates. Eventually her true identity was discovered, which was no problem for the dreaded Rackham. While sailing in the Caribbean Sea, Read fell in love with one of the crew and they were married according to the rites of piracy. On 20 October 1720, Captain Barnet’s troops, sent by the governor of Jamaica, captured Rackham and his crew, most of whom were drunk and put up no resistance. Rackham and his crew were sentenced to hang for acts of piracy. Mary Read and Anne Bonny claimed to be pregnant, and received a stay of execution. Mary Read died in early 1721 of fevers while still in prison. In Read’s honour was born Cleat, the nautical word chosen to give its name to this American Red Ale style beer In the calm sea believe not, however calm you see it.