Meantime launches double IPA based on head brewer’s DNA

By Daniel Woolfson contact

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Double helix: first of 12 limited edition beers planned by Meantime
Double helix: first of 12 limited edition beers planned by Meantime

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Asahi UK-owned craft brewer Meantime is launching a limited edition double IPA based on the DNA of its lead brewer.

Double Helix (10% ABV) was created after brewmaster Ciaran Giblin underwent a genetic profile, which found he was biologically predisposed to prefer bitter flavours.

It is the first of 12 limited edition beers the brewer plans to launch this year under its Pilot Series, which it uses to showcase small-batch, more experimental brews.

Giblin said: “There are lots of people talking about the potential that genetic testing has on what we consume but I thought the best way to test some of the theories was to get on and brew something.

“The Pilot Series gives us the perfect opportunity to continue pushing the boundaries of modern craft and have a bit of fun experimenting with some unusual beer styles.”

Pilot brewery

Meantime launched its Pilot Brewery​ in 2016, which Giblin said at the time would allow the company to continue to innovate with new beers while meeting rising demand for its permanent fixtures.

He told The Morning Advertiser ​(MA​): “The problem with growing breweries is one of supply – you have to keep the pubs and the bars stocked with your main beers.

“But that limits what you can do with small and innovation beers. This really allows us to constantly change and look at our repertoire of beers.”

Megabrew sale

Meantime was acquired by SABMiller in 2015 but was sold to Asahi​ alongside Peroni and Grolsch just one year later ahead of AB Inbev’s ‘megabrew’ takeover of the firm. 

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