Adnams to introduce its first-ever lager

Adnams Dry Hopper lagerSuffolk-based brewer Adnams, best known for its craft ales, has launched its first-ever lager.

Dry Hopped Lager, made according to traditional lager methods but with modern hop flavours, is the latest addition to its Jack Brand range of innovative craft beers.

Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald said: “For our first true lager we were keen to make a beer that had the appearance that everyone is familiar with but with the twist of more fruit-driven hops.

“We’ve brewed it with Pilsner malt and added a touch of Vienna malt for a few more grain notes. We used Sterling and Amarillo hops to add a slight citrus tone to the beer.

“We brought in the lager yeast and fermented it at 13 degrees Celsius which, in comparison to our normal ale fermentations, meant for a long fermentation but it helped to keep the influence of the other flavours of the yeast really low.

“We fermented it drier than we would do for most beers and once finished we added some more hops, this time some Galaxy from Australia to give slight mango and passion fruit notes, and then stored the beer cold.

“We did several trials on our pilot brew kit to try to get the right balance and eventually settled on this recipe.”

Adnams first introduced the Jack Brand range to the market in April this year with Innovation, closely followed by Clump Sagin, Rye IPA, in June.

Adnams sales director Max Bond said: “Our Jack Brand beers have made a great start and we are hugely excited about the addition to the range of a distinctive, flavoursome lager.

“There has been a growing amount of interest and customer demand for craft beers and lagers and Jack Brand Dry Hopped Lager presents a great opportunity for our pub and free-trade customers.”

Jack Brand beers are available in 30-litre kegs and 330ml bottles. The range was created for the brewer to introduce new flavours, with the possibility for small runs and limited editions.

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