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Sharp's uses thyme in spring seasonal ale

24 February 2012 by
Sharp's uses thyme in spring seasonal ale

Cornish brewer Sharp's has launched its own interpretation of the Pilsner as its latest seasonal cask beer.

Spring Cask Pilsner, which will be available from 1 March, is brewed using Pilsner malt, whole Saaz hops, and a bottom fermenting yeast.

The second beer this year from Sharp's seasonals range is also conditioned and lagered with English thyme from the nearby Eden Project in a cold maturation vessel, before cask conditioning in the brewery cellar.

The pale straw beer is said to have a herbal lemon aroma, clean fruit notes in the mouth and a brisk finish leaving a dry, citrus linger.

Sharp's seasonal beers are part of a partnership with the "Green Team" at the Eden Project, which aims to create beers aligned with each season and use the best of nature's bounty from each.

Sharp's Head Brewer, Stuart Howe, said: "There were days when ale brewers would have been strung up for extolling the virtues of pilsner but we live in enlightened times.

"Brewing a clean crisp, beer has been an exciting challenge for a cask beer brewer. Adding thyme from the Eden Project during the maturation puts our innovative stamp on the brew."

By Neil Gerrard

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