Emsworth Brewhouse Flotilla (500ml, 4.4% ABV)
Very new, very local and very green. That would be a good way to describe the Emsworth Brewhouse, a new, award-winning business which features a solar powered brewery and zero emission delivery of its products.
It’s the brainchild of Grant Thomas, who works at IBM and has graduated from a homebrew setup to a garage full of equipment and a portfolio of four beers.
The others in the range are:
It’s a lively pour, but the sediment sticks conveniently to the bottom of the glass, leaving an ever-replenishing head atop a glass of bronze beer.
The aroma is subtle, and I think I can detect a fresh hint of Sherbert Lemons (remember those?).
On the palate there’s clean malt, reminiscent of crackers*, plus toffee and a hint of red berries and liquorice. A dry finish with a hint of cedar – like fresh pencil shavings – leads you to another sip. In classic English ale tradition, it’s a flavour that builds over time. You could drink it with food, but I think the flavours develop best if you enjoy it on its own.
* I mean, of course, the biscuits you put cheese on, not people who break into computer systems.
Written by Richard Salsbury