BeerCast #68 – Summer Wine Showcase

For 2012 we’re plunging into an Olympics-frenzied maelstrom of patriotism, and for the whole year only featuring British brewers in our podcasts (well, until we get to Christmas – you can’t have a Christmas BeerCast without the Anchors). First up in our year of best of British is a showcase of one of the most promising producers in the whole United Kingdom – Yorkshire’s Summer Wine Brewery. Having started a handful of years ago, the two guys behind the project (James and Andy) have come incredibly far, and are putting out a range of styles in a variety of different methods of dispense. That is surely something to celebrate. On the panel today – Richard, Shovels, and a BeerCast debut for our 22nd panelist – Calum.



1. Covenant (5.2%abv)
Summer Wine Brewery, Honley, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
330ml glass bottle

What They Say
“Continental speciality malts provide the slightly sweet backdrop. A rich, reddish amber hue is the canvas for the best US hops to paint their picture; one of citrus, tropical and piney hop impressionism. An easy drinking, lowly bittered, high aroma delight of a beer.”

What We Say
Calum – Brewed for a wedding, I can see why – everyone would like it 7
Shovels – Nice peachy smell, nothing wrong with it at all 7
Richard – Doesn’t taste too strong, nice hoppy profile to it



2. Teleporter (5.0%abv)
Summer Wine Brewery, Honley, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
330ml glass bottle

What They Say
“A Rich dark porter brewed with 10 different malts giving a sweet roast richness that is balanced with just enough fruity hop character. Smooth fruity notes lead you into a dreamy malt body, where notes of cocoa, caramel and vanilla melt into a moreish finish.”

What We Say
Richard – I could smell that all day, rich, creamy chocolate 9
Calum – Strong mouthfeel and a lovely milky sweetness
Shovels – Fruity at the end, it’s very nice 8



3. Barista (4.8%abv)
Summer Wine Brewery, Honley, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
330ml glass bottle

What They Say
“Dark malt bitterness leads to roast coffee set against a sumptuous creamy mouthfeel. Ground Arabica coffee is added to this beer at the end of the boil and allowed to steep, giving you a real coffee hit throughout. The beer finishes with a touch of forgiving sweetness.”

What We Say
Shovels – Initial disappointment, but I actually quite like it 7
Richard – Lower abv coffee beers have more drinkability but you have to trade off some of the body 7
Calum – Roasty coffee aroma – the Teleporter is more rounded



4. Lime & Coriander Saison (6.0%abv)
Summer Wine Brewery, Honley, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
330ml glass bottle

What They Say
“A light & fresh fruity Saison, the fresh zesty estery yeast plays beautifully with the slightly peppery coriander followed by a refreshing blast of zesty citrus lime. A light fruity & hugely drinkable farmhouse ale that conjures thoughts of spring & summer.”

What We Say
Richard – The herbal edge wraps into the wheaty part, limey aftertaste 8
Shovels – Get both coriander and lime, sparkly and refreshing
Calum – Not a style I’m fond of but it’s floral and easy going 7



5. Cohort (7.5%abv)
Summer Wine Brewery, Honley, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
330ml glass bottle

What They Say
“You may have had Black IPA, but you’ve never had a Double Black Rye PA.
Cohort is a double IPA brewed with Pale, Rye, Carafa and other speciality malts that marry together with a plethora of New World hops and a Belgian Yeast to create something entirely unique.”

What We Say
Calum – Perfectly balanced, really smooth, this has got everything
Richard – I like the malty flavour and the rye spiciness 8
Shovels – Rye adds great body, it’s the best beer of the night 8




Panellists
– (clockwise from top left) Shovels, Calum, Richard



BeerCast panel verdict
Summer Wine Cohort (25½/30)
Summer Wine Teleporter (25½/30)
Summer Wine Lime & Coriander Saison (22½/30)
Summer Wine Barista (20½/30)
Summer Wine Covenant (20½/30)


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Stay tuned for our next BeerCast, as we get to grips with another podcast brimming full of British beers for your listening pleasure…

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