A series of small-batch beers is to be released by Curious Brewery, part of leading English wine producer Chapel Down, each produced with a winemaker’s twist.
The Curiouser & Curiouser series sees Curious Brewery collaborate with leading brewers from around the UK to produce limited-edition beers.
The first beer in the collection, Curiouser & Curiouser Chapter 1, is a Wild Fermented Chardonnay & Bacchus Sour Ale, created in partnership with Somerset’s The Wild Beer Company.
It is barrel-aged with Chardonnay and Bacchus wine yeast creating a complex beer. The fresh acidity from the sour ale is balanced by the smooth and textural flavours characteristic of English wine to give intense aromas of citrus and toasted nuts with a hint of vanilla.
In homage to its winemaking influence, Chapter 1 is bottled in a 75cl wine bottle, sealed with a crown cork and The Wild Beer Company’s signature wax seal. It has ABV of 4.9% and has a price in retail of £20 per bottle.
The name links to Alice in Wonderland, where she found her adventures getting “curiouser and curiouser”, and each beer will have a different chapter number.
The first release has subtle connotations to the book in the packaging, such as a neck tag around the bottle which reads “Drink Me: Every adventure requires a first sip!”
Chapel Down head winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire said: “Our collaboration with The Wild Beer Company was formed from a shared belief in exceptional brewing and a mutual passion for imaginative new products.
“The brewing process involved topping barrels of our Chardonnay and Bacchus lees with sour beer from The Wild Beer Company, where it then settled for six months.
“The beer was then blended with the best four of their summer blend and two of their sourdough barrels, resulting in a beer that confounds expectations and will push most beer drinkers out of their comfort zone, which is a good thing once in a while.”
Curious Brewery managing director Gareth Bath added: “Curiouser & Curiouser is going to offer beer-drinkers something completely new: beer made by leading winemakers and some of the UK’s most forward-thinking brewers.
“The next beers in the series will be launched throughout 2018, each in partnership with a different brewer and each with a curious winemaking twist.”
Launched in 2011, Curious Brewery in Kent is a range of premium beers and cider produced using winemaking expertise, led by Curious Brew and Curious IPA beers.