Harbour Brewing Co will be unveiling four new beers at the popular Rock Oyster Festival this weekend (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June 2012).
As official beer sponsors of the north Cornwall food, drink and music festival, Harbour Brewing Co will be showcasing their new brews including a special oyster porter.
The Cornish craft brewery opened for business in January when friends Eddie Lofthouse and brewer Rhys Powell decided to make their dream a reality.
With the ambition to create contemporary beers that deliver an uncompromising taste, the business is going from strength to strength.
Eddie Lofthouse of Harbour Brewing Company said: “Brewing is a bit like cooking. Chefs principally know what flavours work together, but they have to experiment with all the ingredients and tweak the recipe to make something extra special and that’s what we are doing.”
Harbour Brewing Co will be launching the following beers which have all been made with different ingredients and varying techniques:
Oyster Porter, 5.5% ABV
This strong, dark traditional beer has been made especially for the Rock Oyster Festival and sits perfectly with the fresh oysters and mussels that can be found close to Harbour’s Bodmin-based brewery.
Hefe Weiss, 4.6% ABV
Head brewer at Harbour Brewing Co, Rhys Powell, worked alongside experienced German brewer Simon Siemsgluss on this collaborative cloudy wheat beer. Inspired by German ales their new Hefe Weiss has a fairly traditional taste and was made using 60% German wheat, carapils and acidulated malt. Despite its German origins Harbour’s Hefe Weiss was made with American hops to give it more flavour.
Eddie Lofthouse said: “We were going to use German hops for the Hefe Weiss but decided to use American hops for a little twist and to give the beer more aroma.
“This is the fun bit about being in a small craft brewery. We aren’t tied to anyone so we have the creative freedom to do what we want, when we want.”
Pilsner, 4.9% ABV
With Simon Siemsgluss’s guidance Harbour Brewing Co have also created a traditional Bavarian Pilsner which has been brewed with imperial German malt for a light, refreshing flavour. Despite being based in the UK, Harbour decided to brew their Pilsner in abidence with the German beer purity law Reinheitsgebot, which states that brewers can only use the key ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast.
Double IPA No. 2, 7.1% ABV
This is only the second time the brewery have made a double IPA. Their Double IPA No. 2 was brewed using traditional methods and hops known as sauvin from New Zealand which are stronger and more flavoursome giving the beer a citrus taste. This beer is heavily hopped and is called a Double IPA due to its high alcohol content and its big, hoppy flavour. The beer is delivered in a keg rather than a cask and is carbonated to drive the beer out of the keg and to give it a smooth flavour for easy drinking.
The new beers will be served alongside Habour’s Light Ale, Amber Ale and IPA at Rock Oyster Festival from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June. Visit www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk for more information on the event.
For more information please visit www.harbourbrewing.com or call Eddie Lofthouse on 01208 832131.
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Notes to Editor
The Harbour Brewing Co was started in 2011 by Brewer Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse who share a passion for beer and surfing, both with the dream of opening their own brewery. In early 2011 the pair took their dream further and starting from scratch took the opportunity and installed a 10 British Brewers Barrels (bbl) system, to create a range of full flavoured, balanced and creative beers. The brewery opened in January 2012.
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