Sadler's Ales, Boris Citrov
Sadler’s Ales is a thriving family business and a proper Black Country success story. Having reopened in 2004 after a 77 year hiatus, the brewery can be traced back to Nathanial Sadler’s original brewery (the Windsor Castle) back in 1900.
The 21st century reboot of the brewery is even complete with a new version of the Windsor Castle brewhouse, complete with its own 12 barrel pilot kit just over the road from their expanded brewery.
Being located in the Black Country is important to the people at Sadler’s. From their beery tribute to the hugely successful television show Peaky Blinders to the opening of a new brewhouse and bar in Lye last year complete with open brewery days where you get to have a go at making your own beer.
Which is how this week’s beer, Boris Citrov, came about. According to Ian King, Head of Sales and Chief Storyteller at Sadler’s.
"About five years ago a Ukrainian born Russian pugalist (of some notoriety in the 60s and 70s) came to the brewery for an open day. Inspired by the boxer’s trademark orange gloves the head brewer decided to throw some marmalade into the experimental mix. The resulting tribute beer was deemed to be a success and has since graduated from the pilot kit to become Boris Citrov."
This quaffable summer pale made with actual marmalade (complete with bits and everything) is anything but made up. In fact it’s been something of a hidden gem in the Sadler’s range as you’ll rarely see it in bottles.
Thankfully that’s where we come in. This beer is really is quite lovely for a summer’s evening. A pale ale with something a bit extra. An orangey glow to have when the sun is setting. Perfect.
Ian may or may not be fond of a little leg pulling. But he’s pretty specific when it comes to enjoying this beer.
“This beer is a fridge job. Not too cold but cooler. Not to be chilled out of existence.”
We're not going to argue with him. Or Boris Citrov.