St Peter's Brewery, Black IPA
Beers by St Peter’s Brewery can be easily recognised from their distinctive shaped bottle. Those green, oval vessels, vaguely medicinal in appearance, are modelled on an 18th-century gin bottle from Gibbstown (Philadelphia) and they’re something of a statement about the brewery.
Unsurprising given the roots of St Peter’s, established by John Murphy in 1996. John is one of the UK's most influential branding gurus of the last quarter of a century. This is the chap who named HobNobs biscuits, Prozac and the Mini Metro whilst at the helm of his marketing consultancy empire.
He could have taken a lot of holidays when he sold Interbrand but decided to turn his sights on beer instead, establishing St. Peter's Brewery next door to the moated, medieval St Peter's Hall (above) near Bungay in the picturesque North Suffolk countryside.
It isn't all pretty bottles and hype that has enabled them to be in business for the last two decades. St Peter's make consistently decent beer too. The water is drawn from the brewery's own well and there’s a focus on locally-grown malted barley and hops. Their core range of beers gravitates towards the traditional end of the craft beer spectrum along with frequent seasonal nods towards centuries old recipes. The grapefruit beer is a particular favourite of ours.
This week’s beer, the Black IPA, follows on from their award winning Cream Stout and customer feedback requesting something strong and a bit more hop forward. The result is another award winning beer. The oxymoron that is a black IPA notwithstanding, this is a strong dark number with more than a hint of fruit and chocolate. It’s balanced with a decent amount of hops and is reminiscent of a British IPA before those three letters meant something else.
Modern but still traditional. A bit like St Peter’s.
Buy a mixed case from St Peter's Brewery here.