Camden Town Brewery is toasting the end of the year with a new limited-edition beer that has been barrel aged for 12 months.
Beer 2017 – part of its annual “Year Beer” series – is a double-strength Imperial Pilsner with floral, spicy and honeyed notes, with ABV of 10.2%. It was brewed using Nelson Sauvin, a New Zealand hop that is famed for its aromatic affinity with the Sauvignon Blanc grape.
Once brewed, the beer was aged for a whole year in barrels that previously imparted their oakiness into white Burgundy wine and brandy. The result is a harmonious marriage between grape and hop, with aromas of gooseberry, tangerine and grapefruit that have been matured and mellowed by a year on oak.
Jasper Cuppaidge, founder and CEO of Camden Town Brewery, said: “We launched our ‘Year Beer’ series back in 2013 and since then have commemorated each year with an extra-special barrel-aged edition that challenges perceptions of what a lager can be. These are beers to savour and a way of looking back, keeping the memories intact and getting us excited for what’s to come next year.”
Beer 2017 is available in 500ml bottles, screen printed in gold with a design by artist Adam Higton. It is available from all Camden Town Brewery bars and pubs as well as online via BeerHawk.com from £6.