World beers inspire ‘edgy’ new Scottish brews

sunburstAn “edgy and sophisticated” range of craft beers is being released by Inveralmond Brewery in Scotland.

The Perth-based independent brewer has launched the first in “The Inspiration Series”, Sunburst, which is inspired by the pilsners of the Czech Republic.

The vision for this series, developed by head brewer Ken Duncan, is to deliver a flexible, edgy and sophisticated series of world beers that showcases Inveralmond’s versatility as a craft brewer.

Bold designs with punchy colours will enhance the beers’ shelf and bar presence, moving away from the company’s normal branding with beers such as Ossian golden ale, Lia Fail, Independence and Thrappledouser.

Bob Hogg, the company’s commercial director, said: “With The Inspiration Series, we have seized the opportunity to pour the same passion and creativity into the entire product development process that we do with our brewing.

“We understand that to surpass our already considerable consumer estimation, and to surprise newcomers, requires something of a renegade approach, and from its inception to its realisation, this new series of products will deliver with our own whistle-stop tour of global beer creation.”

As Inspiration #1, Sunburst will be available in 330ml bottles for the first time having been introduced in keg and cask in the late 1990s.

It uses a strain of yeast gifted to Ken by Břevnovský Pivovar, one of the oldest brewing sites in Prague, where beer has been produced since 993.

He said: “With this beer, the taste of which has been developing over the last 15 or so years, I am aiming to capture that altogether refreshing moment in time where the sun rapidly appears following a heavy rain storm, creating the instantly fresh appeal of ozone in the air which is so tangible you can taste and smell it.

“To me it’s the ultimate sunny day, the refreshing drink. Golden, hoppy and instantly satisfying.”

Other beers in the series are yet to be revealed, but an exclusive preview run of Inspiration #4, a German Festival brew called Marzenfest, was commissioned and is available in cask exclusively at the JD Wetherspoon Spring Beer Festival, running until April 10.

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