Smoke n' Barrels

Style: Barrel aged brew
The Wild Beer Co., Somerset, United Kingdom

Smoke ā€˜nā€™ Barrels
Smoke ā€˜nā€™ Barrels is a smoked range of beers brewed for each season that they are released in to reflect seasonal ingredients and flavours. For Summer we wanted to bring the seaonal taste of blood oranges into a beery twist on a Smokey Whisky Sour cocktail.

Malts: Barley, Lager Malt, Wheat, Melanoidin
Hops: Magnum and Tettnanger
Yeast: American Ale, Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces (Barrels)
Other: Sea Salt, Orange Zest

Appearance: Golden
Aroma: Fired orange peel
Flavour: Brisk acidity, intense citrus zest, complex smoke and salty tang
Finish: Light, tart, refreshing

ABV 4%, IBU 15, SRM 8, Plato 12

Unique Aspect:
For the Summer months we wanted to create something as thirstquenching and refreshing as possible while incorporating intense smoke. A Gose style fit best and we took a spin on the style by smoking the malts and aging the beer in Islay Whisky barrels for 6 months before blending onto smoked blood orange segments and sea salt. This was the only Smoke n Barrels edition to be exported to the USA.

Food Pairings:
The smoke from Smoke n Barrels - Summer is a lot more delicate than the description would imply so light flavours to match the intensity are key here.
Riccotta, honey and walnut salad is an excellent pairing with the walnut complimenting the smoke, the honey contrasting the acidity and the ricotta providing a boost to the orangy citrus as the carbonation cuts through the cheese.

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