Monday, September 01, 2014

"Mad Jack" Premium Apple Lager

In our neighbourhood, we noticed a billboard for a new beverage called Mad Jack and wondered what it was. Turns out it's a  "Premium Apple Lager", with 5% alcohol, brewed by Molson Coors. It was released in Quebec in June of this year and is sold in beer and liquor stores in four-packs of 473 ml cans and six-packs of 341 ml bottles. It is also now available at Beer Store locations here in Ontario for $2.60 (£1.43) a 473 ml can, $14.95 (£8.21) for a six-pack and $56.95 (£31.26) for a case of twenty-four. 

Of course, we had to try it.  I was expecting an "alcopop" or "cooler" type drink with an artificial aftertaste. Surprisingly, it was more like a shandy or lime & lager with a crispness to it.

I asked Molson Coors how they came up with the name of this product. They replied, " Mad Jack refers to both our crazy obsession for creating quality brews with a subtle nod to Molson Coors founder John Molson (sic)".


Memorial to John Fuller of Catsfield

Located in St Laurence church, this memorial to John "Mad Jack" Fuller's maternal uncle John Fuller reads:
Near this Place are deposited the Remains 
of Catsfield House in this Parish
who died March the 11st 1810, in the 85th year of his Age
He acted as Magistrate in this county, for fifty Years of his Life, 
and was of a most humane, benevolent, and pious Disposition.
This Tablet is inscribed to his Memory 
by is grateful and affectionate Nephew,

John Fuller died unmarried and without issue. "Mad Jack" was his principal heir and so inherited Park Gate (also called Catsfield House) and School Hill House in Lewes, among other properties. 

On the Sussex Record Society's church memorial website, Professor Nigel Llewellyn describes the memorial: "In white marble; rectangular panel set landscape-wise with trophies in relief...Signed NOLLEKENS Ft'".