A new beer, specially-created for The Valley, will be on offer in the Meantime Fans’ Bar on Saturday and the remainder of the festive period.
Robins Tavern is a red ale, named after a now extinct pub at the back of the Covered End before Charlton left The Valley in 1985.
The Robins Tavern sign now hangs in the Charlton Athletic Museum.
Speaking at the launch of the beer, Museum Trustee Ian Wallis said: “This is a bit of history that is coming back to life. Before we left The Valley, there used to be a pub at the back of the Covered End and the pub sign from that can now be found in the Museum. The design from the pub is being used for a brand-new ale.”
Steve Sutherland, the club’s Commercial Manager, added: “I do remember the old Robins Tavern bar in the Covered End. The sign used to hang in the bar in a concourse and it was rescued by Charlton Museum. It seemed a natural fit to create a beer to be sold in the Meantime Fans’ Bar, in the Covered End, based on the old pub sign. I’m hoping our supporters will like it and if they do it could become a house ale here.
“It’s important to not live in the past but recognise the past and when you have a partner like Meantime, who are Charlton based, for them to be able to help us is great and shows why it is such a great partnership.”
The beer will be available to purchase in the Meantime Fans’ Bar at the Addicks’ upcoming home games against Cambridge United (December 9th), Burton Albion (December 23rd) and Oxford United (January 1st).
“It’s an evolution of an old recipe we have in the Meantime back catalogue,” explained Michael Clack from Meantime Brewery. “You’ll get citrus, pine, lots of hops. There are five different hop varieties in this beer, all of which are English malts, so you’ll get a lot of tangerine, grapefruit and pine flavours.
“We haven’t had a red ale previously and Charlton obviously play in red, so it's great to offer a red ale at The Valley.”