But apparently Chapel Down winemakers have considered it and are now making beer. It’s a beer with a little twist in its story and by jingo it’s good.
Chapel Down are producing three different beers: Curious Brew (Lager), Curious IPA (I’ll leave you to guess what that is) and Curious Porter (this is too easy)
I tried the Curious Brew whilst on a stag weekend in Stratford upon Avon and my notes are consequently full of florid, expansive and sometimes indecipherable language describing just how good this beer is.
I was kind of forced into trying it as I was in a pub on the riverfront in Stratford that had three cask hand-pulls on the bar with NO CASK BEER WHATSOEVER available…and it was a Saturday night too. What’s that all about? This country…
Anyway, back to Curious Brew: An excellent delicate (pilsener?) malt and sprightly hop aroma greeted me from the glass.
A light, almost cheery, effervescence didn’t intrude upon the taste of slightly sweet, delicate, lightish malt, and a refined and delicate hoppy edge.
A slightly dryish note with an excellent floral, slightly white-winey hoppiness on the swallow completed the picture.
You can really taste that this beer has been made by a winemaker it’s so refined and well-made. I dare say it’d partner nicely with seafood or light chickeny, salady things.
After drinking I noticed that the bottle informed me that Chapel Down ferment Curious Brew with an appropriate lager yeast and then finish with a champagne yeast after. Very classy.
This is such a lovely beer, complex, refined (very refined) and accessible to anyone. I’d heartily recommend it. Excellent.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the IPA and Porter!