A New Beer For M&S!
11th April 2018 Paul Andrews
Launched in stores nationwide, Cornish Saison is being brewed exclusively for Marks & Spencer and included as part of a new permanent range of their own-brand beers by St. Austell Brewery.
Saison (5.9% ABV), meaning ‘season’ is a refreshing and thirst-quenching beer for summer, with notes of black pepper, spice and citrus, offering lightly tart, sweet flavours and a fresh aroma. Combining Magnum and Citra hops, it is gently spiced with ginger, lemon and lime zest.
First brewed in their Small Batch Brewery in collaboration with beer sommelier and award-winning writer, Melissa Cole, it is fermented with a special strain of ‘Saison’ yeast, to deliver an assertive yet refreshing beer. Cornish Saison is a perfect match for Brie, shellfish or a or a simple chicken dish with garlic and herbs.
Traditionally produced on the farms of southern Belgium, a ‘Saison’ or ‘Farmhouse Ale’ was historically brewed with ingredients from the land; a refreshing reward for farm labourers after their toils in the fields at harvest.
Head brewer, Roger Ryman, said: “We’re proud to be have been selected by Marks & Spencer to brew a Cornish Saison for distribution in stores throughout the UK. A Saison is a much-loved traditional beer style, but we’ve put our own unique Cornish twist on it. Our interpretation is brewed with a blend of premium Maris Otter barley, wheat and oat malts along with our own local water. It’s bursting with flavour and has a hint of cinnamon, a peppery spice and refreshing citrus finish.”
"The Cornish Saison isn’t the first time we've been asked to brew for Marks & Spencer. We brew and bottle other own-brand beers for Marks & Spencer including a Cornish pale ale, an IPA, a six malt stout and a Cornish red ale."
Cornish Saison (330ml) is now available in Marks & Spencer stores nationwide. RRP £2 per can.