Sunday, 13 October 2019

623: Corinium Ales | Corinium Gold

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The Brewery: “We have often considered making the stuff, but always thought it was a dream, it was just “the beer talking”….Then, back in 2011, due to a redundancy the opportunity to discover something new and explore a fresh way of living emerged.…In May 2012, Sylvia, our half barrel (80L) brew kit was installed and off we went. A journey of exploration into the dark arts of all things fermentation ensued. We became obsessed with brewing and it is here that we learnt our craft….After a few months of trial brews, sampled by several local ale drinkers, we launched Corinium Ales in the Cirencester Farmers’ Market in November 2012.”

The Beer: “Easy drinking, traditional golden ale…quaffable!…One of our three debut beers, Corinium Gold was inspired by Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, one of our favourites. It has always been our “go to” and most “naked” beer i.e. it’s not trying to be anything other than what it is and it’s proving to be our most popular…..Suggested food pairing: salads, cold meats, cheese, seafood, roasted flamingo.”

Ah, that explains it! I hadn’t read their description prior to drinking this but regulars will know that TT’s Landlord is one of my favourites ales and I really enjoyed this too, even though gold’s are not usually my favourite style of ale. I’m sure the fact that there was no fruity or flowery aroma helped as well. The first one was, perhaps, a tad too cold although would have been very welcome on a hot summers’ night. The second was just right and suited a mild October night perfectly. This was the last of my trio of ales from Corinium and I’ve enjoyed them all. Hopefully I’ll come across them on draught at some point.  4.2% A.B.V. October 2019. Related entries.

622: Corinium Ales | Firebird

20191004_200159The Brewery: “We have often considered making the stuff, but always thought it was a dream, it was just “the beer talking”….Then, back in 2011, due to a redundancy the opportunity to discover something new and explore a fresh way of living emerged.…In May 2012, Sylvia, our half barrel (80L) brew kit was installed and off we went. A journey of exploration into the dark arts of all things fermentation ensued. We became obsessed with brewing and it is here that we learnt our craft….After a few months of trial brews, sampled by several local ale drinkers, we launched Corinium Ales in the Cirencester Farmers’ Market in November 2012.”

The Beer: “Tasty traditional malty red ale brewed with five different malts, including a dark-roasted speciality malt, to give a rich colour and depth of flavour. A mix of earthy British hops are used for bittering and flavour…lush!…..Originally brewed for the 2018 Phoenix Festival and due to popular demand has become number VI in our core range of beers…..Suggested food partner: meat pies, roasts, fish & chips and fruit crumbles.

Oh yum, a cracking ale. One that ticks pretty much all the boxes on my palates’ list. Beautiful bitter taste with a hint of maltyness to take the edge off. I’m not surprised it’s become a regular brew. Easy drinking too at 4% A.B.V. October 2019. Related entries.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

621: Corinium Ales | Centurion Stout

20190921_143212The Brewery: “We have often considered making the stuff, but always thought it was a dream, it was just “the beer talking”….Then, back in 2011, due to a redundancy the opportunity to discover something new and explore a fresh way of living emerged.…In May 2012, Sylvia, our half barrel (80L) brew kit was installed and off we went. A journey of exploration into the dark arts of all things fermentation ensued. We became obsessed with brewing and it is here that we learnt our craft….After a few months of trial brews, sampled by several local ale drinkers, we launched Corinium Ales in the Cirencester Farmers’ Market in November 2012.”

The Beer: “Light bodied stout with toasty chocolate undertones…yum! Once called Sylvia’s Stout, this was our first beer brewed on “Sylvia” our shiny new 80litre brew kit.  It later became Centurion Stout (or Stout Centurion!) and made up another of our three debut beers.”

The first of three beers from this brewery thanks to a friend who stayed on the caravan site in Cirencester in the summer. It’s taste certainly belied it’s strength - light bodied as they say - not sure if that’s a good thing as I went down very well indeed. Looking forward to trying more from the range shortly. 4.7% A.B.V. September 2019 Related entries.