Stuart Howe, the head brewer at the Rock brewery which was founded in 1994, has developed three new beers which have all been designed to ensure the aroma and flavour directly profiles ingredients and can be served as the perfect match to various foods.
The range includes the Quadrupel Ale to partner mature cheeses and rich chocolate desserts, the Single Brew Reserve 2011 which can be served as an aperitif or with fresh salads or grilled white fish and the Honey Spice Tripel 2011 which features an aroma of spice with fruit notes of banana and cherry liqueur.
Breadth of flavours
Howe said a new range designed in a similar way to reflect the diversity of beer would now follow every year.
“The beers in this range are all distinct. I haven’t gone for a theme because the Connoisseur’s Choice range is designed to show the drinker the breadth of flavours and sensations available from beer. They are packed with enticing flavour, a partner to good food and something to savour."
The range, like all of the beers from the brewery behind cask beer Doom Bar, are brewed using British malted barley, whole hop flowers, Sharp's own yeast and Cornish water.
"The flavours and sensations are intended to impress and astonish but not to alienate. All of the beers are designed to be balanced and complex remaining subtle where necessary," Howe added.
Following the launch of the range Sharp’s Brewery plans to run a competition through its Facebook page for users to submit beer and food matching recipes. The competition is to be judged by chefs Nathan Outlaw, Jack Stein and Alyn Williams.
In March BigHospitality took a look at the latest food and drink matching trends including the growing popularity of food-led pubs offering speciality and craft beers to match with food on the menu.
The 10 per cent ABV Quadrupel Ale, 4.5 per cent ABV Single Brew Reserve 2011 and 10 per cent ABV Honey Spice Tripel 2011 are all available in cases of 12 bottles from retailers and via the Sharp's Brewery website.