Stone & Wood release ‘Beers of the Earth’
THE BEERS OF THE EARTH ARE HERE
Personally I love that Stone & Wood have launched this range of iconic beer styles, paying homage to the unique flavour characteristics of each style and brewing a version which tips a hat to the history and locality of each particular style. So far, I have been able to taste the Belgian Saison and the London Porter from the range, and for both styles it was a refreshing reminder for me, of what makes each of these well-known and highly admired styles, individual. The range is a ‘bohemian rhapsody’ of sorts, with each beer playing to its own individual beat, singing its own song. When brought together as a group, the selection of styles forms a wonderfully operatic introduction to showcasing elements and features that in their most simplistic form, make each beer sing. Love your work Stone & Wood!
via Media Release
Celebrating we’re the only planet with beer
Striving for good beer means looking after our Earth. We make the most of the natural ingredients that are available today and they’re expressions of the environments from which they originate. Think clean water, nutritious malt, botanic hops, ambitious yeast: Good environments make for a good beer, it’s as simple as that.
To celebrate our Earth, we’re releasing six new limited release Stone & Wood beers, a London Porter, Czech Pilsner, Belgian Saison, German Hefeweizen, Antipodean Pale Ale and an American IPA, that pay homage to each of their humble beginnings and the influence the environment has on brewing.
Over the years, beer styles have intimately co-evolved with their environments. Be it the roasted malts and bicarbonate rich water of the UK that inspired great dark beer styles such as the Porter to the aromatic love affair between malted wheat and Bavarian top fermenting yeasts that has left us all gasping for more Hefeweizen. How about the ales of the US, Australia and NZ that have been cultivated by new world hop gardeners and brewers together in their lust for pungent fruity hop botanicals.
The ritual of coming together and sharing a few brews is grounded in our world’s history and these beers are a tribute not only to beer but this amazing planet.
While we only ever use four ingredients to brew our beers, many other resources play their part in delivering beer to our drinkers. Energy, glass, cardboard and fuel are a few examples of the other things that come from environments to support the journey from grain to glass.
We acknowledge the reliance we have on our Earth to enable us to produce good beer so it is our responsibility to tread a path towards sustainability through our Green Feet program.
Green Feet is a company wide program we’ve been working on for a couple of years now. It’s about minimising our foot print on the Earth through striving not only to reduce, reuse and recycle but also exploring innovative practices by re-imagining the ecology of brewing.
So raise a glass and celebrate we are the only planet with beer!
Beers of the Earth – Tasting Notes
Porter is the original urban ale, getting its name from the 1700’s equivalent of white delivery van drivers who loaded and unloaded the ships, moving goods around the city. Its silky charms made this dark brew the pint for the people. Toasted and roasted malt with a fruity aroma of prunes & raisins and earthy English hops, followed with a dry and satisfying finish. 5.1% alc/vol 25 IBU.
After the brewers of Pilsen watched helplessly as their barrels of contaminated ale flooded the streets, they enlisted the help of a Bavarian brewer and his lager yeast. Throwing in Saaz, the most noble of hops, a new light coloured beer was born that would become an international favourite. Rich sweet malts, balanced with lashings of Czech Saaz hops adding a soft yet assertive bitterness. 5.0% alc/vol 40 IBU.
The American IPA emerged on the West Coast during a 1980’s beer renaissance. Using strains of hops that imparted a more fruitier, resinous character than their English equivalents, this style of beer has influenced a whole new generation of hop heads from the States and abroad. Deep marmalade colour from the American ale & crystal malts. Upfront citrus with a piney aroma from US hops that deliver an outrageous bitterness. 8.2% alc/vol 75 IBU.
In 16th Century Bavaria, the local royals allowed the use of wheat in addition to barley despite the restrictions of the Reinheitsgebot. The aromatic cloudy Hefeweizen became a favourite Summer quencher. The German yeast creates the cloudiness and the fruity banana and spicy characters typical of this style. Delicate yet complex with a refreshing acidity. 5.4% alc/vol 12IBU.
A farmhouse ale brewed seasonally in Autumn through to early Spring, revitalized the weary who worked under the searing summer sun, satisfying their thirst. A true utilitarian beer and an ultimate refresher. Golden in colour with the complexity of yeast spiciness, white pepper and citrus. Firm bitterness and very dry finish. A thirst quencher. 6.8% alc/vol 36 IBU.
Antipodean Pale Ale
Whether it’s grabbing a six pack for a backyard BBQ or meeting your mates at the pub to watch a band after a surf, this refreshing ale, brewed with new a new generation of Antipodean hops is the quintessential beer for a Southern summer. Lush tropical floral aromas created by blending NZ & Australian hops lead to a clean malt & refreshing dry bitter finish. 5.1% alc/vol 42 IBU
Beers of the Earth will start hitting bottleshops and going on tap from 30th March.