Friday, December 6, 2013

Adnams Brewing is back!

Adnams Tally-Ho Barleywine 2012 Reserve...$2.99 / 11.2oz
You asked for it — actually you begged, bless your little hearts — and now you’ve got it: the fabled Adnams barley wine is here in the USA. Since 1880 this beer has been brewed just once a year, so order and savor a pint or two if it comes to your area.

Let’s let the good people at Adnams describe this deep amber beauty for you:
“The original winter warmer, Tally-Ho is actually a barley wine brewed to a nineteenth century recipe. It’s sweet; it’s heart-warming; it’s rich – but watch out, it’s got a kick like a drayman’s horse!”
Our friends at Adnams increased the alcohol in this reserve to 9.0% abv from Tally-Ho’s normal 7.0% abv.

Adnams Broadside...$3.99 / pint
Adnams Broadside was brewed to commemorate the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672, in which the British fought the Dutch off of the coast of Southwold. Brewed with Pale Ale malt and First Gold hops, Broadside is a dark ruby red beer rich in fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit. It’s a fine heart-warming English beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops which enjoys a special place in many people’s hearts. It was voted England’s ‘Best Strong Bitter’ in 2011
Those lucky enough to live near one of the better beer bars in the country may find Broadside poured from a traditional English beer engine. The cask version, at 4.7% alcohol, will make you believe you’re back in England.

Adnams Explorer...$3.99 / pint
In the Spring of 2012, the folks at Shelton Brothers home office started getting an incredible amount of requests for Adnams Explorer. We were scheduled to import it, but that was months away, the necessary paperwork had not even been filed yet. Our surprise and confusion was finally abated when we learned that the beer had been mentioned in a new book. No, not a beer book, but Fifty Shades Darker, the second entry in E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades Trilogy. For those who don’t know what that is, you should probably get out a little more often, the books have sold over 65 million copies . In Darker the lead character, Christian Grey, orders two Explorers at a bar in Seattle, Washington. It is a work of fiction, so I suppose we can overlook the fact that the beer was not available anywhere in the U.S. When asked about their inclusion in the book, a brewery spokesperson replied, “There are no plans to rename the beer Sexplorer,”…”but it’s good to be name-checked in an international bestseller.”

OK, let’s get back to the beer. Adnams Explorer was inspired by the brewer’s interest in hoppy American beers. While certainly not over-hopped like so many American beers, Explorer will appeal to hop lovers as well as those who just want a proper pint of real ale. The hops are beautifully balanced by the fabled English malts that Adnams employs and by an intriguing, slightly-sulfury yeast character.

From the brewery:
“An absolutely outstanding beer. Explorer is light and refreshing, suffused with the aromas of a grapefruit grove. The citrus attack will burst on your palate as the hops deliver their fruity bitterness.

Pale Ale malt is used to provide the biscuity backbone of this blonde beer but it’s the hops that give it its personality. Adnams uses two American hops, grown in the Yakima Valley in Washington. These hops, Columbus and Chinook, add wonderful grapefruit flavours to the beer.”

Adnams Southwold Bitter...$3.99 pint
Southwold Bitter was first brewed in 1967, it was originally called Adnams Best Bitter. It holds Adnams oldest trademark, Southwold Jack and remains the original hero in Adnams range. “He continues to guard over our longest-serving beer brewed here in Southwold on the Suffolk coast -The Bitter. “

“A muscular bitter whose earthy and scented orange hop characters are counterpointed by the rich and urgent biscuity maltiness. A global classic and a benchmark for its style” – Adrian Tierney-Jones, 1001 Beers You Must Try Before Your Die

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