This blog isn’t about news, but it doesn’t hurt to share this one: Adnams has made a collaboration beer with Cigar City.
Called Two Bays Oaked Pale Ale*, the marketing spiel says the link up is about ‘sharing coastal roots’ – Sole Bay in Suffolk and Tampa Bay in Florida.
But it’s probably more about a bromance between two brewers – Fergus Fitzgerald from Adnams and Cigar City’s magnificently named Wayne Wambles – who met at a Philadelphia brewing conference.
You can see the thinking – Adnams get some kudos, and Cigar City some UK exposure beyond the beer nerd crowd.
Whatever the reason, it’s another boost for brewing in East Anglia. It’s a region that has top quality products (Norfolk is Maris Otter country), some beautiful countryside, a whopping coastline and some stunning cities and towns. But it’s as cool as a Morris dancing, Conservative party-supporting, Lighthouse Family fan.
But, with the incoming Duration, newcomers like Ampersand Brew Co and now a seriously, genuine, David Bowie in shades, cool brewery like Cigar City working with a local brewer best known for solid ales and good quality gin, there could be hip at the end of the tunnel.
*The beer is a 4.4% abv oaked pale ale, brewed with pale ale malts and oats and hopped with Citra, Cashmere, Lemondrop, Enigma and Calypso. It has distinctive flavours of toasted oak, vanilla and coconut, balanced by fruity aromas of gooseberry.