SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

By Alex Cosgrove

News From The Brewhouse No.11 – Perro Tonto 2016 Limited Edition Brew

Welcome to this rather festive edition of News From the Brewhouse we are introducing our 2016 limited edition brew – Perro Tonto. This is the third year of our barrel aging project with this year sherry casks taking centre stage.

Perro Tonto is a sherry cask aged premium amber ale, a celebration of success and the finer things in life this ale is dedicated to everyone who has supported Purity since 2005.

This limited edition brew comes in corked champagne style 750 ml bottles has been crafted using premium Maris Otter, Crystal, Black & Wheat malts, hopped with Pilgrim & Cascade then aged in authentic Spanish sherry casks for 6 months. Perro Tonto has aromas of sweet dry fruits of raisins and rich Christmas cake, with a luxurious and perfectly balanced beer that leaves you wanting more.

The name Perro Tonto (Spanish for ‘Silly Dog’) is our tribute to the catalogue of perils which befuddled our much loved Useless Bloody Urchin (UBU) who left for the great sunset in the sky… a tip of the sombrero to the maverick dog whose spirit still guides Purity to this very day.

Speaking about Perro Tonto, our co-founder Paul Halsey explains “2016 has been incredible for Purity and to be able to produce a beer that celebrates this is amazing. We are immensely proud of Perro Tonto and it is a real testament to the skill and dedication of our brew team. We love presenting our limited edition brews in 750ml bottles as it gives a real sense of occasion when you twist the cork on a fine barrel aged beer. We were delighted by how well our previous limited edition beers X & Gnarly sold and the feedback we received. Also it is great to pay homage to our former canine friend.”

Our Director of Brewing Flo Vialan on the brew said, “I am incredibly proud of our latest limited release beer and to be able to pay homage to our former canine friend is amazing! That was the first beer I brewed when I came to Purity and in a previous life focussing on wine it is great to be able to use sherry casks. Brewing these limited edition beers is great as it allows the team to experiment and truly showcase the talent and skill we have and the dedication in crafting a quality beer. I cannot wait to pop mine open over Christmas!”

Paul added: “A major part of our development over the last 11 years has been on how to achieve absolute consistency and pure quality throughout the business, and our limited edition beers are a great way of showcasing the skills of our brew team. It’s a stunning beer for our loyal Puritans and a true testament to the quality from the brew house. It shows just how far we have come as a brewery and how far we want to keep on pushing, not only our own beers but the beer market too.”

Perro Tonto is limited to just 900 bottles which will each be individually numbered and available both from our brewery shop and online at www.bottleshack.uk

So if you are planning a festive celebration this Christmas or are just looking for something a little bit different to the norm and rather special make sure you grab a bottle of Perro Tonto and enjoy – Salud amigo!

By Alex Cosgrove

News from the Brewhouse No. 4 – X Marks the spot as we Celebrate 10 Years of Purity!

It is a bumper month of news from the brew house this December as we launch our new limited edition brew ‘X’ – an American style Rye IPA aged in genuine American bourbon casks. X is a celebration of the finer things in life. Brewed with champion malts; Maris Otter, Rye, Crystal Rye and Cara to create a warming copper orange colour, hopped with Pilgrim, Chinook, Galaxy & Simcoe to give a lingering floral bitterness and as a final flourish, aged for 6 months in bourbon casks to create a warming finish. X is dedicated to all the people who have supported Purity over the past decade and made the company what it is today.

Bourbon by law has to be produced with 51% corn with the remaining mash produced with barley and rye; hence the reasoning using bourbon casks for our rye pale ale as opposed to using Scotch casks again.

‘X’ is a perfect demonstration of how the different approaches of our brew team combine with great effect. Our Quality Control Manager Aaron Taubman brings a measured and scientific approach whilst Director of Brewing Flo Vialan adds his creative and experimental flair to our expertly crafted 6.2% beer. ‘X’ is hopped with Galaxy, Chinook, Simcoe and English Pilgrim and before being left to mature for 6 months. The beer is then bottled by hand and corked before being stored for 2 weeks for secondary fermentation.

X has been brewed in celebration of an incredible 10 years, which has seen the company grow from a team of 2 men and a dog into a nationally acclaimed business with a team of 35 who are all still based at our rural Warwickshire location.

We sat down with Flo and Aaron to quiz them on how the idea for X came about and what it takes run a successful brewery which can stand the test of time and an increasingly competitive market place.

  • How did the idea arise releasing another barrel did aged beer come about?

After the success of Gnarly we wanted to experiment with different barrels and styles of beer. We took inspiration from how other brewers have set up barrel aging projects and we felt our beers were perfect to age. With this year being our 10th birthday we wanted to craft a brew that was a celebration of the last 10 years and a thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last decade.

  • Over the last 10 years what has been your favourite beer to brew?

That is a tough question – almost asking which your favourite child is! We both have an affinity for Pure Gold as it was the first brew we both did when we started albeit a few years between. Each brew and each beer has its own personality and challenges and we both love brewing all of them. If we didn’t we shouldn’t be here!

  • Gnarly was a great beer after Christmas dinner what food matches do you think X will go with?

We felt Gnarly was the perfect after Christmas dinner beer and was brilliant with Christmas cake and pudding. X differs slightly as it has more citrus aroma and profile with clementine notes that associated with Christmas. Also the bourbon ageing gives X as sweetness and smoothness that is a pleasure to savour and drink. But for something a bit special we think maple glazed spiced ribs or a dark chocolate and salted caramel torte.

  • So guys if we gave you and the brew team a free reign on producing any beer you wanted what would you develop?

That is a great question! We would have a lot of fun doing that we love researching different styles of beers and always take inspiration from brewers who look to push boundaries. Thanks to our new Brewhouse we are able to produce different styles of beer and that is how Lawless and Longhorn came about.

However coming from France and with knowledge of Wine I would love to do a sour beer aged in white wine casks or even a sour beer aged on fruit like they do in Belgium. I would also love the opportunity to start a barrel age project with different type of casks and all our beers and experiment with.

  • Aaron same question  

“Well like Flo I would love a barrel age project you just have to see the Brooklyn brewery and their project is immense! But the idea of a Lambic style beer is interesting or a barley wine again barrel aged.”

There we have it a limited edition brew that celebrates the craft and skill of our brew team and a thank you to all those who have supported us over the last few years! We hope you enjoy X and create some special memories yourselves with this brew.

This limited edition brew will be only available in 750ml bottles and there will only be 800 bottles produced so make sure you don’t hang around as once they are gone they are gone! Available from http://www.bottleshack.uk/purity-brewing-co/purity-x.html

Here’s to another 10 years of Purity (at least…)

Cheers!

News From The Brewhouse No.11 – Perro Tonto 2016 Limited Edition Brew
News from the Brewhouse No. 4 – X Marks the spot as we Celebrate 10 Years of Purity!