OKI by Cotswold Brew Co
Red Lager, 5.3%
OKI is Cotswold's take on a red lager, using Rye to give this beer its rich and smooth character as well as its mahogany tint. The flavour is elevated with the addition of New Zealand’s finest Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops, imparting notes of berry fruit and pine.
The live tasting of this beer was on 11th February 2021 #BeerBods
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British Lager has undergone something of a resurgence over the last decade, in no small part due to pioneers like the rather eccentric husband and wife team that is Rick and Emma Keene, who founded Cotswold Brew Co in 2005.
Rick had 10 years of brewing experience and a brewing degree under his belt when he found a Cotswold stone barn in the rather idyllic setting of Bourton-on-the-Water (it’s as nice as it sounds) and filled it with a brewery.
The word lager comes from the German word ‘lagern’, meaning ‘to store’. A typical mass-produced lager might take between 2-4 weeks to lager and mature before being bottled. Over the last 3 and a bit years, Rick and the team at Cotswold Brew Co have begun to experiment with specialist lagers and longer maturation, which involves leaving the fermented lager in conditioning tanks at a constantly low temperature for months on end. The result is complex flavours you just wouldn’t normally associate with this style of beer.
More recently, they’ve begun to experiment with ingredients too, which brings us to tonight’s beer, OKI. Inspired by the Pacific Islands, OKI takes uses rye to give this lager its rich and smooth character as well as its mahogany tint. The brew is elevated with the addition of New Zealand’s finest Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops which impart berry fruit and pine flavours, rounded off with a distinct biscuity malt finish.