We’re kicking off 2018 with a new Fork Brewing release – Bit A 4.1% English Pale Ale!
This new brew takes its inspiration from the ridiculously drinkable English Pale Ales (or Bitters) from the UK. They’re often termed ‘Ordinary Bitters’ when judging this class of beer, but they are far from ordinary and far from bitter! (Kelly has decided to call it an English Pale Ale as it seems to have more appeal when it isn’t referred to as ‘Bitter’).
“Inspiration from this beer has come from multiple sources,” says Kelly.
“First mention has to go to Emerson’s Bookbinder. This was the first ever NZ ‘craft’ beer that I tried when a student down at Otago University in Dunedin, in Inch Bar to be precise, so it’ll always be a pretty special beer for me.
“I also brewed a few renditions of various English Pale Ales and Bitters whilst in Scotland (at Fyne Ales) and England (Thornbridge Brewery). At the time, they were never really my favourite style of beer to drink, but every time I have returned to the UK since, I’ve noticed how drawn to them I am, particularly on cask. Beers like Everard’s Tiger or Timothy Taylor’s Landlord are fantastic when on form and the subtle interplay and nuance that the brewers get from using good English malted barley and hops is always impressive.
“With that in mind, I chose Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter malt produced in North Yorkshire and some nice, citrus and berry-forward Bramling Cross hops from the south of England. These were combined along with a few specialty malts to give us Bit A!”
Bit A will be served as intended (on handpull) and also as the fizzy, cooler option for those palates that prefer it that way!
Bit A English Pale Ale/Bitter Tasting Notes
Appearance: Copper-orange with a firm off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt character dominates with a subtle berry-like hop character.
Flavour: Initial biscuit-malt sweetness on the front of the palate, followed by sweet raspberry and lemon-lime hop notes on the tongue. Finishes with a light bitterness and cracker-like malt back-palate.
Hops: Bramling Cross
Malt: Maris Otter, Torrefied Wheat, Caramalt, Dark Crystal, Dark Chocolate, Roast Barley
Yeast: Mancunian Ale (warm fermented)