Fourpure Brewing, Amber Ale
Many are suggesting cans are not only here to stay, but are the future of the craft beer industry.
In May Fourpure became the first British brewery to start canning their entire core range of beers. Well-established, forward-thinking outfits like BrewDog and Camden Town Brewery had successfully dabbled, but brothers Daniel and Thomas Lowe, Fourpure's founders, took a few people by surprise when they quickly followed their launch in September 2013 with a brand spanking new canning line. Some statement from the new kids on the block.
Based in South Bermondsey, Fourpure are the last stop on the newly formed Bermondsey Beer Mile, which offers a tour of this little corner of London's beer offerings. It's a more than decent way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Taking their name from the four basic beer ingredients: malt, hops, water and yeast and a "purity of purpose" (whatever that means), Fourpure's beers are all "inspired by adventure" and the team's travels.
A glorious range of three pale ales inspired by the States is complemented by a storming PILS lagers that was a result of cycling adventures through Germany and the Czech Republic. A richer, complex Oatmeal Stout draws on London's reputation for producing some of the world's best dark beers.
This week's beer, the Amber Ale, is inspired by Colorado where this style reigns supreme. Sweet, syrupy malts offering toffee and honey sit underneath prickly hedgerow fruit and then a textbook (albeit subtle in this case) American bitter, citrus kick. It's well rounded, chewy and fresh.
Without wanting to burst any bubbles, the fact it's in a can doesn't actually matter that much. If you pour in to a glass before drinking you'll struggle to even notice. The ONLY thing that does matter is how it tastes and Fourpure's range doesn't disappoint.
This excellent article from Will Coldwell (note - it's over a year old and this debate still rages on) presents some strong arguments for canned beer, namely around freshness and it's lowered impact on the environment.
Cans have long been touted as the future in the craft beer world and we're donkeys years behind the States in adopting them en masse. Not since the craft VS keg debate, however, have we seen such hype and heated discussion around the containing vessel of a drink we all love.
Many are suggesting cans are not only here to stay, but are the future of the craft beer industry. Fourpure, who invested quarter of a million pounds in that new canning line, will be hoping they're right.