Camden Town Brewery is getting ready to unveil Foolish – a Rhubarb IPA dreamt up by the winner of the brewery’s recent #YourBeerHere competition.
The competition was launched to encourage beer lovers and aspiring brewers to share ideas for the beer of their dreams and saw one lucky winner turn that dream into a reality.
The #YourBeerHere winner was 27-year-old Charlie Roper from London, who’s Rhubarb IPA was inspired by his mum’s homemade rhubarb fool and love of seasonal produce.
The beer was created using 100kg of fuchsia-pink forced rhubarb, which is grown in barns across a small patch of West Yorkshire called The Rhubarb Triangle. Here, from January to March, forced rhubarb, prized for its subtle flavour, is picked according to a great agricultural tradition by hand and by candlelight.
Charlie joined the Camden Beer Team earlier this month for a full day of brewing – taking part in every step of the process – from malting to mashing and even designing the artwork for his beer’s packaging with the brewery’s in-house design team.
Charlie’s Foolish Rhubarb IPA is an unfiltered, fresh and tart beer. It has a punchy rhubarb aroma and sharp taste with enough malt backbone to deliver that classic IPA flavour. It will be making its debut at the Camden Town Brewery bar at Craft Beer Rising this Saturday February 25 and will be available on draught for a limited time at Camden Town Brewery’s pubs – Camden’s Daughter in Kentish Town and The Horseshoe in Hampstead.
All profits made from sales of the beer will be donated to Charlie’s chosen charity, Médecins Sans Frontières, an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation that provides medical aid where it’s most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender.