It was only a matter of time before gin-mania hit the world of beer, but it's happened, as Exmoor Ales has released juniper-infused beer, Wicked Wolf.
The second beer in the Exmoor Ales' Exile collection is the result of a collaboration between the Wiveliscombe-based brewery and Wicked Wolf, producers of small-batch, handcrafted gin in the Exmoor village of Brendon.
The straw-coloured beer is described by beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones as 'the kind of beer to perk up weary palates'. We've heard there's the suggestion of aromatic gin-like botanicals and a gentle spiciness on the palate, which lead to a delicate floral hoppiness and the suggestion of citrus before it finishes dry and lightly fruity.
'Wicked Wolf is the second in our new sub-brand series, Exile and follows on from Urban Fox, which was released earlier in the year,' said Exmoor Ales managing director, Jonathan Price. 'We selected Wicked Wolf because of its reputation for fine award-winning gin… and, of course, because they are based on Exmoor.
'As for the idea for the beer this happened after their distiller and co-founder, Pat, visited the brewery and met our head brewer, Adrian. Pat provided some juniper berries for sampling and trial brews, as well as sharing his advice and experience. The result was this delicious beer. We’re all really pleased with it and I’m especially thrilled that Pat has an idea to make an Exmoor Gold inspired gin next year.
'‘The Exile brand was devised as a sub-brand for Exmoor Ales to represent our new, more modern breed of beers. The pump clip shape and graffiti imagery are quite different to our established traditional brands and we shall will be developing the brand with further new beers throughout next year.'
4.2% abv, Exmoor Ales, 01984 623798