Zephyr to be Bottled!
The long awaited Zephyr is being bottled at the brewery today. This will be the first bottling from our new piece of equipment for filling champagne bottles which are to be bottled conditioned. Zephyr started off life as a 9% Double IPA which has spent 21 months in a 1965 Invergordon whisky cask which was stuffed with fresh strawberries. It is now a 12% translucent pink strawberry infused Belgian inspired wood aged ale.
We are expecting a yield of around 250 bottles. The label has been designed by young Scottish designer Johanna Basford and is stunning. The beer will also come packaged in a presentation box.
These photos were taken as we were filling the casks.
Here is some more information on the project:
We are fortunate enough that Martin's grandmother owns a lovely little Scottish strawberry farm, we decided to take full advantage of this.
We also had a Invergordon 1965 whisky cask. Invergordon is a fantastic grain whisky with amazing coconut, vanilla and toffee flavours. The fact the whisky had been in the cask for 42 years prior to use getting it made it even more special. We decided to combine 3 of our favourite things; old whisky casks, Martin's grandmother's strawberries and IPA.
We filled the cask with our 9% Imperial India pale ale along with a whopping 30 kilos of fresh strawberries, or maybe 29 kilos - James seemed to eat alot of them.........
After the beer had been in the barrel for 2 months we decided we could no longer wait to sample the beery treasures held in the oak. And what better time to open them than when 2 of our customers came to visit? James' gently tapped the cask only for the bung to explode skywards followed by a 6 foot high volcanic eruption of strawberry beer, completely soaking everyone in the vicinity with sticky strawberry seeds and hoppy ale. It had been fermenting in the cask - allot! The sugars in the strawberries had triggered the yeast still in the beer. It continued to ferment away slowly for another few weeks - this time with a proper pressure release fitted to ensure no more strawberry showers.
It looks and tastes amazing. It is a bright, translucent, fluorescent almost transparent pink colour - it is unlike anything I have ever seen in a glass. The hops of the India pale ale have died down a little but still give it a reassuring bite, the strawberry flavours dominate the nose and the coconut, vanilla and oak flavours of the cask hold it all together.
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- REMARKABLE BEER! Had it today in Boston at a beer advocate tasting (uncarbonated). Matthew Dugan20.03.2009
- Shotgun 6! magicdave618.03.2009
- Oh wow that sounds tempting... Miika Turtiainen17.03.2009
- I cant wait. Any idea when it will be available to order? Ally14.03.2009
- This sounds awesome. 2 Bottles have my name on them, 1 of which will look right at home next to my Anniversary Paradox for a while. The other... well afterall it was made for drinking. Mark Lewis12.03.2009
- this sounds soo lush,
how much will it be?
when can we buy it!!! dena fernandes12.03.2009
- Jo Basfords artwork is amazing. Craig Paton12.03.2009
- I must own two bottles; one for aging, one for drinking. Gareth Young12.03.2009
- who wouldnt want to try some of that. Brings a smile to my face. Andrew12.03.2009
- Iím sold. G Dunbar12.03.2009
- ill certainly be lining up for some of this action. Been waiting for it for a while now. Hopefully it wont be so expensive that I cant get a few bottles. Kevin Burges12.03.2009
- oohhhh sounds exciting, any idea on prices? andy mogg12.03.2009