Bramley apples are the core ingredient of a new apple ale — a joint collaboration between two Kent-based companies.
Fourayes Farm and Nelson Brewery blended the farm's Kentish Bramley apples with beer from the brewery's facilities at Chatham's Historic Dockyard, to create Core Commander, an ale with a light spring-time flavour. The Bramley apple's natural tartness complements the brew, mellowing it at the same time, according to the producers.
"The Bramley is a highly versatile fruit," said Fourayes Farm managing director Phil Acock. "We've been working to make the most of its unique attributes by coming up with new recipes and forming new partnerships.
"Kentish Bramleys can already be found in many desserts, juices and of course cider, so a Bramley ale seemed a natural progression. Developing the brew alongside another Kent company has been ideal."
Nelson Brewery owner Piers MacDonald agrees the Bramley apple has all the right qualities for a light ale. "The challenge initially was to see how the combination would work. This type of Bramley-based ale has not been tried before, but we're pleased with the results.
"The apple takes away the sharpness of the hops that you tend to find in heavier ales. It is still very much an ale though, with no similarities to cider as some people might assume."
The brew acquired its
nautical name, Core Commander, to ensure it is in keeping with the surroundings where it is being brewed and in honour of Nelson.
The ale will be officially launched this spring.