A new gin made with an infusion of hops is being launched by Sharp’s Brewery in collaboration with Southwestern Distillery, both in Cornwall.
The Hopster gin is to be made permanently available in the on- and off-trade after a successful limited release last year (pictured). It has ABV of 42% in 70cl bottles.
Described as a “contemporary take on the classic London dry style”, it combines a complex blend of gin and a unique fusion of three distinctive types of hops: Crystal, Cascade and Pilot.
The gin is produced in flame-fired copper pot stills at Southwestern Distillery which is best known for producing Tarquin’s Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin and Cornish Pastis.
Ed Hughes, beer sommelier at Sharp’s Brewery, said: “Since launching this exciting collaboration, we’ve received fantastic feedback from customers so we were eager to make The Hopster a fixed member of the Sharp’s portfolio.
“A huge part of what we do here at the brewery is experimenting with styles, flavours and products to push boundaries within the drinks industry, and The Hopster gin is a brilliant example of this.”
Sharp’s Brewery has also collaborated with north Cornish vineyard Camel Valley to produce a second vintage of the Camel Valley Pilsner after its initial limited release.