DE14 — owned by Marston’s — is where a team of brewers experiment with ingredients and techniques to create beers designed to excite. It gives the chance to push the boundaries of what is possible when testing the science behind brewing.
Sam Coles, who masterminds the DE14 brews, said: “We will be joined on our stand by home brewer, Morgan Silk. He will be pulling pints and there to talk about his beer.
“Morgan is a member of our Home Brew Club and featured in the 2017 From Burton with Love ad campaign as a sparkly-eyed ‘Trent setter’. At the Home Brew Club, which we host at the brewery, we set the brewers a challenge to brew a beer using a variety of different grains as exotic adjuncts to the malt.
“Morgan brought in a NEIPA. We tried his beer and were overwhelmed by how good it was — sharp and leaping with grapefruit. So we invited him to brew it on DE14. It’s a stunner.”
The beers at Craft Beer Rising
Flight Suit Orange Pale Ale, in both can (5.1% ABV) and keg (5.1%): a punchy, refreshing, orange pale ale crammed with five hop varieties and dry-hopped with a generous quantity of Mandarina Bavaria to give the beer a heady marmalade aroma and an impressive .range sharpness.
4-Track Hopped Lager, in keg (4.6% ABV): named after the first multi-track recording machines found in recording studios in the 1950s, this beer is quad-hopped to deliver a refreshing, well-rounded lager with a tempting hop aroma. Cold conditioning adds a real depth of flavour not always associated with lagers.
End Pont IPA, in can (5.6% ABV): this beer combines lager and pale ale malts to create a light golden colour. Its succulent body comes from Admiral, First Gold and Herkules hops. A trio of American hops (Chinook, Cascade and Columbus) deliver the hop-forward character expected of a modern IPA. In short, a Burton IPA for the 21st century!
Hygge Liquorice Rye, in pin (6.0% ABV): Hygge is the Danish word for cozyness. This brew came about from experimentation guided by Alex Hely-Hutchinson, of Covent Garden’s 26 Grains Restaurant, and her learnings from her time in Copenhagen. Liquorice and Rye is a popular flavour combination in Denmark that makes you feel ‘hygge’. Four types of rye malt combine seamlessly with British pale barley malt to provide a dry, spicy, nutty, toasted malt character. There are Pacific Gem and Ella hops, and a new UK variety, Ernest — a 6% alpha acid dual-purpose hop which provides a new world hop character with notes of lychees, apricot and blackberry. Generous additions of liquorice root, both in the boil and in the fermenting vessel, leave a lingering, smooth, sweet liquorice finish.
Free Fall Saison in keg (7.5% ABV): a farmhouse-style saison ale brewed with pilsner malt to deliver a sweet malty beer. It is fermented using a Belgian saison yeast, which creates distinct fruity aromas and sweet malty flavours, with a pleasant dryness and moreish aftertaste.
Morgan Silk NEIPA, in keg (6.8% ABV): Burton local Morgan Silk is a regular at the Burton Home Brew Club. One evening, Morgan brought a home-brewed New England IPA to the session. An hour later, all guests were waxing lyrical about the wonderful hazy hoppiness of it, so much so that Morgan was asked to come in and brew it on the DE14 nanobrewery. The result is a lush, hazy, super-hopped NEIPA, bursting like a tropical fruit bowl of flavour. Brilliantly bold and naturally hazed, this homebrew recipe is slowly becoming a favourite of DE14 brewers.