Old Speckled Hen: The world’s only MG-inspired beer

Ran When Parked

old-speckled-unEngland-based Morland Brewery sells a beer called Old speckled Hen that was first brewed in 1979 in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG factory in Abingdon. Ironically, the factory shut down when the MGB was axed and production moved to Longbridge the following year.

The origin of the beer’s name is a point of debate among historians. Morland claims it was named Old Speckled Hen to pay homage to the “owld specked ‘un” (pictured above), a Featherlight Fabric Saloon that MG employees used to run errands around the factory. Story has it the car earned its distinctive nickname because it was often parked outside of the paint shop and consequently covered in flecks of paint.

Other sources claim owld speckled ‘un was in fact a lightweight version of the MG 14/40 that featured interesting paint jobs over the years including “grained black fabric sprinkled with gold dust.”…

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