Craft beer lovers have a whole lot more to get excited about, this time courtesy of Heineken, with the launch of two new beers – a Bavarian-style Pilsner and American-style IPA.
Debuted at last week's Craft Beer Rising, the beers, by Maltsmiths Brewing, were developed by Alex Brandon-Davies and Sarah Bartels at Edinburgh's Caledonian Brewery – despite not releasing them under the brewery's name.
Using citrus-flavoured hops including Centennial, Chinook and Columbus, Maltsmiths' Pilsner is described by Heineken as 'crisp and clean with pine and citrus notes', with an 'earthy, hoppy character', leading to a satisfying finish. The IPA is said to have a caramel base with overlying hop notes of citrus, grapefruit tropical notes and fresh pines. Both beers come in at a sessionable 4.6% abv.
'I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to work on this project,' said Yorkshire-born Brandon-Davies. 'We wanted to brew beers that would appeal to the beer-curious but for whatever reason, have yet to experiment.'
'The best part of this project for me has been having the freedom to create our own beers from scratch,' added Hamburg-native Bartels. 'The recipe development process involved lots of re-working, tweaking and experimenting to get the beers just right. We really wanted to bring this to life on the packaging which is why you’ll see our recipe notes on the design.'
Both beers will be available in 33cl can and 50cl bottle formats from March, with more beers in the range set to follow.
Heineken, 01432 352000