Brewery launches ‘Champagne beer’

12th September, 2014 by Lauren Eads

A British brewing company has launched what it describes as a “Champagne-style” sparkling beer.

Savour_Beer_081_3203

Savour’s “Champagne-style” beer

Savour Beer, based in Windsor, has teamed up with Bolney Wine Estate to brew a 10.5% abv Belgian-style golden ale using the méthode champenoise in a bid to  create a rich, clean taste and fizz of sparkling wines.

Savour Beer founder, Sandy Kirkpatrick, said the project had been driven by his “obsession” of getting the best tasting beer using only traditional methods and ingredients.

He said: “I wanted to create a fantastic tasting beer and also one that would alter people’s perceptions about beer.

“Too many people still have low expectations when it comes to beer in the UK and I feel that needs to change. The dominance of global lager brands has created some very deep rooted perceptions of what beer is. I wanted to show people that there is more to beer both in terms of taste and appreciation”.

Méthode champenoise is the traditional method used in the production of sparkling wines to remove the yeast after secondary fermentation.

Kirkpatrick added: “Having seen the fantastic work being done by the English sparkling wineries it was only natural to use their expertise in our sparkling beer. It was great when the team at Bolney fell in love with the idea and they have been instrumental in the success of the beer”.

The beer has been brewed using 100% British malted barley and three yeast strains having undergone a lengthy 100-day maturation period during which the beer was riddled and disgorged in the same way as Champagne.

Kirkpatrick describes the beer as having an “elegant, floral and spicy aroma” complemented by “a luxurious, rich body and effervescent finish”.

A limited run of 670 bottles have been produced which are on sale for £15, and can be found at London restaurants including The Ledbury, Chez Bruce and The Square restaurant in Mayfair.

One Response to “Brewery launches ‘Champagne beer’”

  1. Bart Dufour says:

    Belgian Beer DEUS started with this process working together with wineries in the Champagne area about 10 years ago

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

New Business Development Manager Nordic

Concha Y Toro
Stockholm, Sweden

Experienced Administrator

The Drinks Business
Central London, UK

Sales Executive (London – Craft Spirits)

Bimber Distillery
London, UK

2 x Buying Assistants

Berry Bros. & Rudd
Battersea and Basingstoke, UK

Temporary Christmas Sales Support - Wines & Spirits

Harrods
Knighsbridge, London, UK

Head of Wholesale

Hispamerchants Ltd
London, UK

Sales Manager

Hispamerchants Ltd
London, UK

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition

Amsterdam,Netherlands
20th Nov 2017

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017

London,United Kingdom
20th Nov 2017

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

London,United Kingdom
1st Dec 2017
Click to view more

Green Awards 2017

Deadline : 25th October 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 30th October 2017

Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more