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New cask ales to hit pubs UK-wide

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Black Sheep Brewery and Salcombe to release new cask ales

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Cask fans will be able to enjoy new beers from Black Sheep Brewery and Salcombe Brewery Co next month (July).

Black Sheep is launching the latest in its cask beer seasonal calendar to the on-trade on Thursday 4 July. The beer, which is called Inspirer, is the brewery’s take on British pale ale. It is said to be a golden beer with a hop-forward, grassy aroma with a refreshing citrus taste – and claimed to be ideal for any beer garden.

At 4.3% ABV, Inspirer uses UK ingredients combined with Yorkshire brewing techniques to create a “refreshing and easy-drinking pint”.

The Masham-based brewery said: “With Inspirer, expect a premium pale ale that blends a subtle grassy aroma and a refreshing citrus bite with a light bready base, offering a perfectly balanced and easy drinking pint. The blend of fragrant British hops including Whitbread Golding variety offer a clean, bitter finish making Inspirer the ideal choice for any beer garden.”

Summer has arrived

Black Sheep Brewery head of sales and marketing Jonny Kirkham added: “Summer has finally arrived and the latest addition to our cask beer range could not have come at a better time. A delicious pale ale, Inspirer makes the perfect pint for any beer lover to enjoy in the July sunshine.

“This year marks a big milestone for the brewery as we celebrate our 30th birthday. Black Sheep Brewery was built to serve up quintessential British cask beers, therefore it only felt right to take on the classic premium pale ale in 2022, 30 years since our founding and just in time for what could be the warmest summer on record.”

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Black Sheep Brewery recently partnered with comedian Maisie Adam​, who countered the myths surrounding cask ale in her head-on fashion as part of the brewery’s Drink Cask Beer initiative.

Meanwhile, Salcombe Brewery Co is set to release a 4% ABV session IPA called Atlas that celebrates the south-west’s seafaring heritage. It will be available in 9-gallon casks for pubs from Friday (1 July), followed by a retail release in cans from 11 July.

Maritime explorations

Head brewer Sam Beaman said: “We are thrilled with the latest addition to our small batch range. Atlas showcases a combination of hops from across the globe, featuring British, US and Australian varieties.

“When it came to naming our new beer, we took inspiration from the many maritime explorations and adventures that have set off from Devon, across the Atlantic, and returned with exotic ingredients. Atlas is the Greek god after whom the Atlantic is named.”

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Atlas is said to be “a fruity ale with flavours of peach, blueberry and papaya” and its tropical notes “are complemented by a hoppy citrus finish and balanced bitterness”.

Beaman added: “Atlas is the second beer in our new small batch range. Our first, Belgica, won gold at the SIBA awards so the pressure is on to follow it with something just as outstanding.”

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