Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is unveiling a new keg beer range at Craft Beer Rising this month.
The range comprises a rebranded Hogstar lager and three new beers: Unfiltered TEA, Hog IPA and low-ABV blonde beer Little Swine.
Hogstar is a 4.5% ABV lager, brewed with special lager malts and five different hops from the UK – including English Cascade from the Hogs Back hop garden. A small quantity of natural herb extracts is added before the beer is left to mature for over a month.
The first new beer in the range, Unfiltered TEA, is an unfiltered version of Hogs Back’s flagship TEA (Traditional English Ale), a full-bodied bitter, brewed in small batches using English malt carefully balanced with Fuggles hops.
At 4.5% ABV, Hog IPA is a light, hoppy ale with a blend of floral and fresh citrus notes upfront, well-balanced with a long, dry finish, while Little Swine, with a much lower ABV of 2.8%, is a dry-hopped aromatic blonde beer.
Billed as a “small beer with a big taste”, it is brewed with a carefully selected blend of aroma hops including home-grown Cascade, and then dry hopped for additional aroma and flavour.
The new range is Hogs Back’s biggest NPD launch since it introduced Hogstar in 2013. It has been created to meed the demands of younger drinkers, who generally favour keg beers, while also satisfying the many loyal drinkers of its cask beers.
The “distinctive” design of the Hogs Back family of beers, which will first launch across draught and later rolled out in bottles and cans, sets out to encourage consumers to try beers across the range.
Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson said: “We’re delighted with our new keg beer family. Although we’ve been brewing great keg beers, including Hogstar lager, for some years, we’ve been seen more as a cask brewer, thanks to the success of TEA.
“That all changes now as we launch new beers into fast-growing sectors of the market – low ABV, unfiltered and IPA – and present them alongside Hogstar lager.
“We’re confident our keg beers will compete in modern craft beer bars, as well as finding a place in more traditional pubs already stocking Hogs Back’s cask ales, particularly TEA.”
Hogs Back Brewery will be on stand 91 at Craft Beer Rising, which takes place at the Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane from 21 to 23 February.