Saturday, 17 October 2020

668: Old Dairy Brewery | Snow Top

20200926_162953The brewery: “Our story began early in 2010, when the brewery was set up in an old milking parlour deep in the Kent countryside. The Old Dairy Brewery was an immediate success, building a loyal fan base among ale enthusiasts who appreciated our finely crafted recipes, locally sourced ingredients and interesting variety of beer styles.  Our beers are brewed with hops grown locally by Hukins Hops – just 3 miles away! We soon outgrew the milking parlour and in mid 2014 built a new brewery inside two World War II Nissen buildings just off the High Street in Tenterden, Kent. Not for nothing is this pretty market town known as the ‘Jewel in the Weald’, and our brewery enjoys beautiful views over the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside.”

The beer: “The perfect ‘winter warmer’ for those long cold nights, Snow Top is brewed with rich dark English Maris Otter, Crystal and Black malts producing a deeply satisfying ale with delicious fruitcake and marmalade flavours, topped off with spicy notes from English Challenger, East Kent Golding and Bramling Cross hops.”

The Old Dairy brewery is located just behind the Kent & East Sussex Railway and my visit there in September on a beautiful autumn day provided the perfect opportunity to procure some research samples. See blog post.

I do like a strong dark ale and this didn’t disappoint. A perfect winter warmer, obviously strong but without being too syrupy. A nice drop. 6.0% A.B.V. September 2020. Related entries