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Published on March 4th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour


Hop on the creative trip

A County Durham brewer is making his mark on the contents of a new range of canned beers – which has a knock-on effect on what it says on the tin.

Sonnet 43 senior craft brewer Alex Rattray – recruited late last year from Texas – has brought some fresh ideas to the company, as was the intention.

He says: “With our first two beers in this new series we wanted to go really hop forward and do something different that Sonnet 43 hasn’t done before. Everything from the yeast, to the hops, to the malt, to the brewing techniques are all things we haven’t done before which is really exciting and a bit daunting.

“I love the flavour profile of Azacca hops which features prominently in Get Snozzed so I was very excited to get to feature it in a Double PA format that uses a huge amount of hops. I find when I’m buying take-home cans at the moment I’m drinking lots of heavily dry hopped beers so that’s definitely inspired me to create some of my own.

“The newer varieties of hops are so exciting, and getting to use ones like Azacca and Ekuanot – which is in Go-Go Juice – was something I wanted to do.

“I think the design of the cans reflects what we want to do with these beers and that’s to have fun, try new things, and do it the best way we can. We want to take our beer seriously, but not take ourselves too seriously and I think the cans reflect that. Hopefully the can itself makes you smile as well as the liquid inside.

“I think as we brew more beers in this range they’ll continue to take on a personality of their own and the art design as well. I’m excited to continue to refine our ideas and recipes and believe that the more we brew and experiment, the better the beers will be.

“As for the next two beers, we’re still narrowing down what they’ll be but expect more hop forward styles to go around some hops that Sonnet 43 hasn’t featured in a beer in the past.”

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