Mr Trotter’s Great British Chestnut Ale is set to launch to a whole new audience today, its initial launch will see it available in bottles with casks to follow in September.
This was developed by the same team who previously bought us Mr trotters pork scratchings, an interesting snack served in pubs that I have never understood or had a taste for, Mr Trotter’s is thought to be the only chestnut beer to be brewed and bottled in the UK. It blends roasted sweet chestnuts with malted Maris Otter barley to produce the happy harmony for which the Mr Trotter Team were looking.
Rupert said: “The chestnuts give a nutty creaminess to the brew and a honeyed note, which balances the spiciness of the English-grown Cascade and Bramling Cross hops. Mr Trotter’s has deep, sweet sourdough flavours, and tastes bolder than its lowly 4% ABV.”
Matthew said: “The idea came out of a visit I made to Lancaster Brewery a year ago. Rupert had always wanted to brew a chestnut flavoured beer, and as pigs are very fond of chestnuts, the marriage of Mr Trotter and chestnuts seemed too good an opportunity to miss. The brewing team thought so, too.”
Tom added: “This is a fine ale, with a long, languorous finish, and wonderful balance too. And it works wonders with both Mr Trotter’s Original Pork Crackling, and Mr Trotter’s new Jalapeno Chilli flavour.”
Rupert advised: “Mr Trotter’s Great British Chestnut Ale is best served at 10-12 degrees, ie only very lightly cooled. Fierce chilling of the chestnut will limit its honeyed aromas.”
Mr Trotter’s Great British Chestnut Ale was launched in Selfridges, with a new listing in Booths Supermarkets in the north west, and will be made available to garden centres, farm shops and delis from October with an RRP of £2.45 per 50cl bottle; and by the case from http://www.mrtrotter.co.uk at £26.10 per case of eight, delivered mainland UK.
Rupert said: “Before hops arrived in Britain in the 1500s, brewers would have used all manner of odd sounding ingredients to reflect the seasons and to spice up the cereals such as barley/rye/wheat/oats used in their brews. So using chestnuts feels like a wonderful nod to the past, with flavours that should appeal even to those who don’t often choose a glass of ale.”