Cucumelon Sour by Adnams Brewery
A super fresh sour ale brewed with German hop variety, Huell Melon, giving fresh melony notes, cucumber extract is added after fermentation to give the beer a fresh, summer garden aroma.
The live tasting of this beer was on 9th July 2020 #BeerBods
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In 1872 two brothers, named George and Ernest, bought a brewery in the sleepy Suffolk coastal resort of Southwold and set about building a business their family could be proud of.
The plan was only half-successful.
Ernest applied himself to the task of creating ales for discerning drinkers of high and low estate. He did so well that the Adnams Brewery still flourishes today. His lasting legacy is a modern company with a thriving portfolio of pubs, hotels, kitchen supplies (?!), shops – and, of course, a range of mostly traditional fine ales which are widely available in barrel and bottle. These days Adnams are adored by craft beer geeks and real ale purists. That’s quite a feat.
The other brother George, alas, grew disenchanted with the life of a country brewer and took ship for South Africa, where he was eaten by a crocodile. Not so good.
Over the years the brewery has seen multiple regenerations and expansions. By 2006 Adnams became one of the first breweries in the UK to open a sustainable distribution centre in Reydon, which has a living green roof, lime and hemp walls and rainwater harvesting facility.
In 2013 they began to dip their toe in the world of craftier beers, launching a range of more experimental brews under the Jack Brand label. This included some firm favourites such as their Dry Hopped Lager and Mosaic pale ale, which still have craft beer aficionados talking to this day.
Since then they’ve continued down the route of experimentation, brewing the UK’s first carbon-neutral beer in 2008, becoming the UK’s first brewery allowed to open their own distillery in 2010 and most recently brewing their first English Cider in 2019. All whilst brewing what are still some of the most popular beers in the county.
This week’s beer, brewed under the Jack Brand label, is one of the breweries most challenging beers to date. A cucumber and melon sour using German hop variety Huell Melon for big hits of fresh melon. Cucumber extract is added to give a fresh summer garden aroma and taste. This is definitely a beer to be enjoyed in a garden, here’s hoping the BeerBods weather machine holds out.