Cornish ale brewer Sharp’s has created three bottled beers which it says are designed to be partnered with food.
The Connoisseurs Choice range includes Quadrupel Ale and Honey Spice Tripel, both in 33cl bottles at 10% abv, and the 4.5% Single Brew Reserve, which comes in 50cl bottles. Quadrupel is made with pale, crystal and chocolate malts, along with Centennial, Hallertauer and Aurora hops, and is best as a partner to mature cheese and chocolate desserts.
Single Brew Reserve is made using whole-cone Czech Saaz hops and has been created as an ideal aperitif beer or to be drunk with light dishes such as salads or white fish. Honey Spice Tripel is made with a Trappist brewery yeast which gives the beer ‘signature spice, fruit and tartness’.
Head brewer Stuart Howe will brew a different Connoisseurs Choice range each year. ‘The beers in this range are all distinct. I haven’t gone for a theme because the Connoisseurs Choice range is designed to show the drinker the breadth of flavours and sensations available from beer,’ he said.