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New brewery inspired by music legend releases six beers

New beer brewing company Lakedown Brewing Co is launching six beers by the glass plus a tap room at its East Sussex microbrewery.

Named after The Who’s Roger Daltrey Lakes built in the 1970s as an oasis of peace, this rural family farm and fishery is central to the brewery’s history and home to its bar.

The Lakedown range is said to include ‘avant-garde beers’ ranging from complex bitters to refreshing lagers that combine time-honored methods with contemporary brewing equipment for modern and traditional beers.

The beers are Pilsner (440 ml, 5% ABV): made from Saaz hops, German malts and Bavarian lager yeast; English Pale (440ml, 4.2% alcohol): the brewery’s nicest beer to date, which is loaded with Cascade and Ernest English hops and then dry-hopped for an aromatic finish; Pale Ale (440ml, 4.2% alcohol): it is filled with Cascade, Chinook and Citra hops and was created to be a session; New England IPA (440ml, 5.3% BAC): Neipa uses Citra, Mosaic and Centennial hops and is said to have a tropical aroma and a punchy, fruity flavor; Best Bitter (500ml, 4.4% BAC): Using all British ingredients, it’s ‘chock full of biscuit malts’ with Pioneer, Cascade and Jester hops with local malts and yeast; and IPA (500ml, 5% ABV): a full-bodied transatlantic fusion that blends English IPA traditions with American New World hops with Centennial and Mosaic hops joining Jester, a new British hops to impart a rich fruit aroma and a satisfying bitterness.

Lakedown Brewing Co is the brainchild of brothers-in-law Jamie Daltrey, Christopher Rule and Des Murphy. They said: “Our inspiration was Lakedown, our family farm in East Sussex, a traditional hop-growing region of the country, where we often enjoyed a pint after work together.

“We wanted to create a local brewery that brings people together beyond Lakedown, celebrates the British countryside and has easy-drinking beers for people to enjoy over and over again. “

Music legend Roger Daltrey added, “Lakedown in East Sussex has been a passion of mine ever since I designed it as a rural sanctuary away from the touring mania. Now my family – Jamie, Des and Chris – have started Lakedown Brewing Co.

“They turned me into a convert to beer because their beers are so easy to drink. And they created a beer bar on Lakedown itself, allowing anyone to book and enjoy this wonderful place. There couldn’t be a more perfect place to relax over a pint.

Located in Burwash, in the heart of the Wealden Valley, Lakedown Bar offers draft and draft ales with bottled and cans also available to take out.

Rums arrive in the UK from Grenada terroir

A rum distillery start-up located in Grenada, Caribbean, has launched a line of spirits that use their land to create the best sugar cane possible.

Mark Reynier, who was behind the rebirth of Bruichladdich single malt whiskey from Islay and the Waterford Distillery, aims to explore the effect of terroir, cane variety and style of distillation on rum flavor. at the Renegade Rum Distillery.

Beverage distributor Specialty Brands brings three pre-cask white rums to the UK, which are the distillery’s very first distillates. Hopefully, drinkers to explore can appreciate the nuances of the terroir-driven project for the first time before the rums continue to mature in barrels at the distillery.

Fresh and unaged sugarcane juice alcohols include Single Farm Origin: Dunfermline Column and Pot Still and Old Bacolet Pot Still.

The mountainous and volcanic Caribbean island has access to a wide range of elevations, soils, terroirs and microclimates, which are ideal for the cultivation of quality sugar cane and the state-of-the-art distillery is the first of its scale to have been designed from the developed for local sugar cane.

In addition to state-of-the-art still design and digital logistics, Renegade Rum Distillery uses sophisticated technology for air filtration and water purification from waste streams, ensuring that the Distillation systems operate at the rate of natural systems.

Managing Director Reynier said, “I started planning the project in June 2015 and felt it was the right home for Renegade after an unsuccessful 10-year search.

“We had the chance to do something really special here, with the final thoughts, building on our experience of distilling in Scotland and Ireland to support Renegade’s unique philosophy: rum defined by the geology of Granada , farm by farm, field by field.

“Exceptionally, this project has been both upside down and upside down. First, we had to propagate the cane where there was none to prove it was worth building a distillery, and then we had to design it upside down, final waste streams all the way to to the incoming cane.

“Now we have a state-of-the-art distillery built and managed by Grenadians to use cane from Grenada – the true spirit of Grenada. “

Dunfermline Farm is located in the east of the island and surrounded by tropical forest. Its Dunfermline – Pot Still rum is unaged and produced from fresh sugar cane juice of the Lacalome Rouge variety. The cane is distilled using a double retort still creating a white rum that shows sweet notes of figs and stone fruit, golden raisins, fresh lemon zest and a smooth texture.

Dunfermline – Column Still also uses the Lacalome red cane variety. The juice undergoes controlled fermentation and distillation in a double column still. The result is a rum with light sweet aromas, with tropical notes of banana and pineapple, eucalyptus, aloe and freshly cut cane. The rum has a velvety texture with sweet notes of orange and sweet marmalade.

While Old Bacolet – Pot Still is not aged and is produced from fresh sugarcane juice of the fast growing Cain variety. Mellow with hints of caramel and vanilla, the rum is said to have a robust spicy flavor, from cinnamon to allspice, with a sweet toasted nutty that gives way to a dry and lasting finish.

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Whiskey maker Woven produces limited edition drink with Spirit.ed

Woven, a Leith-based whiskey start-up, has teamed up with beverage company Spirit.ed to produce a limited edition whiskey for the holiday season.

Woven X Spirit.ed Experience N.6 is said to be a unique blended Scotch whiskey that has “aromas of marmalade and sherry, turning into orange cinnamon and cloves on the palate with a sweet fruitiness defining the whiskey finish. “.

The drink is made with a handful of carefully selected single malt whiskeys from Speyside and Campbeltown, backed by grain whiskeys from the lowlands.

Spirit.ed boss Belle Nairac said, “In the whiskey category we were looking for a brand that was pushing the boundaries and that’s exactly what we got when we found Woven. We have identified an opportunity to combine our strengths to create something exciting, innovative and driven by new age customer demand.

Spirit.ed investigated a September 2020 white paper from Distill Ventures that defined the ‘new age customer’ by commissioning a survey of over 3,000 US and UK consumers on their whiskey preferences, their whiskey habits. purchase and their values.

It found that 41% of whiskey consumers aged between the legal drinking age and 34 describe themselves as experts, compared to just 16% of their older counterparts aged 55 and over.
Spirit.ed therefore thinks that there has been the emergence of a new, younger generation (18 to 34 years old), more comfortable, curious and confident in their knowledge of whiskey.

Woven co-founder Duncan McRae said, “Responding to an informative briefing set up by client Spirit.ed, we were able to decode what they liked about a whiskey and respond in liquid form. It was a free-form improvisation that led to the exploration of unusual combinations between heavier textured malts and lighter whiskeys with vibrant fruity flavors.

“It ultimately unlocked a taste profile unlike anything we might have imagined using a traditional approach, proving the power of collaboration. “

Woven X Spirit.ed Experience N.6 has an MSRP of £ 39.95 for 50cl and is bottled at 45.1% ABV.

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Cocchi brings a new variant of vermouth to the bar

The Cocchi vermouth brand has introduced a new addition to its famous range with the launch of Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry.

The Italian aperitif maker is harnessing the growing appetite for the category driven by the current cocktail boom. The new vermouth will be commercially and non-commercially available through UK distribution Specialty Brands.

With this new expression, Cocchi celebrates Piedmont, the cradle of Italian vermouth. It wants to be “oenological and elegant” through its “Ricetta Piemontese” (Piedmontese recipe) with all the main ingredients to come, or with strong links with the region.

The base wine used is made from local Cortese grapes, the same one used for Gavi DOCG, and plants such as wormwood, angelica, coriander, cardamom, lemon zest and Menta di Pancalieri, a Piedmontese mint.

Cocchi Managing Director Roberto Bava said of the new variant: “The process was long and it took a lot of work to create a vermouth that would have personality without overpowering the delicacy of a gin and gin. ‘a vodka.

“So far the support we have received from our friends in the business has been incredible so we are confident this will become a classic just like our Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino. We are going to raise a Martini to this.

Cocchi Extra Dry is the perfect complement to classic cocktails such as Martini or Bamboo but is also comfortable served for a long time with elderflower tonic, sparkling water or sipped over ice.

Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry, which is bottled at 17% ABV in the 50cl format with an RRP of £ 19, is said to have fresh apple, melon and white flower notes from the wine that balance with the aromatic plants. of cardamom, wormwood, coriander and angelica. Piedmontese mint and lemon peel bring herbaceous notes and radiance to the palate.

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