One year on from moving into its new state-of-the-art brewery at Estuary View, Salcombe Brewery has introduced Salcombe Pale Ale as its first keg product. The beer is also available in a 330ml bottle.
Salcombe Pale Ale (4.6% ABV) sits alongside the existing beers in the range, which include the highly popular Seahorse, Lifesaver, Devon Amber, Shingle Bay and Salcombe Gold, and is a classic pale ale with a twist.
It has its heritage embedded in the Salcombe citrus fruit trade. Using ingredients that would have been found in the Devon town in the 19th century, it has a bouquet of orange, pink grapefruit and anise. This dry-hopped, full-bodied pale ale boasts a robust structure and complex flavour.
Sam Beaman, who joined Salcombe Brewery as one of the two brewers last year, following a masters degree in brewing at Nottingham University, said: “It’s been exciting to create a new beer which we know will have a huge following as it’s so on trend. Part of the great appeal of being a brewer is that you can continually be innovating as well as ensuring that everything made is of the highest possible standard.”
As Devon enters its busiest time of the year with tourists coming from all over the country, Salcombe Brewery is anticipating its on-site bar at Estuary View, during the two-hour brewery tours offered, will be buzzing with beer lovers.
Brewery owner, John Tiner, said: “We’re really proud of our local surroundings, our world class brewery and our much-loved beers, and it is a great pleasure to be able to share these with visitors.
“The brewery tours are a fantastic way to learn about the brewing process, and for those keen on getting hands on and actually brewing their own beer, we run a full brew day. Both options come with the all-important sampling in our taproom and have proven to make very popular gifts as well as group events.”
The 20-barrel brewery, with four fermenting vessels, is capable of producing 350 casks per week. Designed in harmony with its surroundings, the innovative brewhouse utilises the natural ambient temperature of the underground facility for storing ales at the optimum conditioning temperature, and this has helped to make the site as energy efficient as possible.
Another natural benefit of the location is that it has its own borehole, which supplies the brewery with its own source of pure Devonian water. It is sited on a decommissioned reservoir.
The site also boasts a brewery shop, which is open throughout the week from 10am until 4pm, and on some Saturdays from 10am to 4pm (seasonally).
The two-hour brewery tours take place from 3pm to 5 pm on Thursdays (weekly during high season and monthly during the rest of the year) and cost £10 per person. Brewery tours can be purchased in the online shop. For the full brew day and private brewery tours for groups, contact Salcombe Brewery direct.