This Month's KVB Beer Club

 
October 2021 - Westerham Brewery 

 

Westerham Brewery are in the process of reviving a special brewing heritage in the Westerham area. Established in 2004 by Robert Wicks, they are proud to bring back real ales to the area.

The follow much the same ethos as us, with a commitment to reducing the number of food miles within their supply chain. The local  water, which percolates through the Lower Greensand Ridge to the North of  Westerham, is excellent for brewing pale bitter beers for which Westerham was once famous. The Vale of Holmesdale has over the years supported many breweries on account of the water including at one time two breweries in Westerham, the Swan and the Black Eagle. They have their own borehole 90m drilled down into the Hythe beds of the Lower Greensand.

They are mad about hops, specifically Kent hops.  Why be a small brewery in Kent and not use the wonderful hops grown by valiant hop growers?  They have developed a particularly close working relationship with Ian Strang who farms the Scotney Castle Estate in Lamberhurst and the Finchcocks’ hop gardens in Goudhurst.  96% of the hops they use are grown in Kent and they use 9 different Kent hops in the Spirit of Kent. The suppliers are Lupofresh (Finchcocks’ and AC Hulme), Botanix (Scotney) and Charles Faram (Non Kent hops).

Taster Pack

Spirit of Kent – 4%

 

 

AROMA

Hoppy, Lemon, Citrus

 

TASTE

Smooth, Sweet, Malty

 

ABV

4%

 

BITTER

3/5

SWEET

3.5/5

MALT

Pale Ale, Caramalt

HOPS

Target, Goldings, Pilgrim, Sovereign, Progress, First Gold, WGV, Bramling Cross, Finchcocks' Hop X

 

British Bulldog – 4.3%

“A satisfying, hoppy best bitter in the great British tradition, with a smooth malt backdrop and lots of tangy, tart, orangey fruit.” – Jeff Evans, Beer Writer

 

AROMA

Floral, Malty, Fruity

 

TASTE

Balanced, Toffee, Rich Fruit

 

ABV

4.3%

 

BITTER

3/5

SWEET

3/5

MALT

Pale Ale, Crystal 150

HOPS

Kent Grown: Northdown,WGV, West Kent Goldings & Progress

Audit Ale – 6.2%

Based on a 1938 recipe, it is tawny-copper in colour, and has stewed fruit (raisins perhaps?) and barley sweetness on the nose, accompanied by hints of almond, Bakewell tart and wood in the background. It’s a noble and assured beer, with plenty of poise on the palate — there’s a restrained vinous-like sweetness, the suggestion of raisins and currants steeped in booze, some slight chocolate, plus a whisper of banana. The finish is dry and appetising bitter with a glissade-like descent of barley cereal sweetness bringing things to a close before the next sip.” – Adrian Tierney-Jones – World Bottled Beers

 

AROMA

Port, Raisins, Molasses

 

TASTE

Complex Fruits, Smooth, Warming

 

ABV

6.2%

 

BITTER

4/5

SWEET

3/5

MALT

Pale Ale, Crystal 150

HOPS

Kent Grown: Northdown & Goldings

 

Session Pack

Contains all beers in Taster Pack, plus the below

Summer Perle – 3.8%

Summer Perle was originally brewed in 2004 to commemorate the 30th (Pearl) Anniversary of the Canterbury Beer Festival. It was also the fastest selling beer at the 2004 Maidstone Beer Festival.

This extra pale ale is hopped with Kent First Gold, Yakima Valley Cascade from the USA and Hallertauer Perle hops from Germany which impart a citrus, spicy and floral finish to this summer ale.

COLOUR

 

AROMA

Floral, Lemon, Spicy

 

TASTE

Fresh, Zesty, Dry Finish

 

ABV

3.8%

 

BITTER

3.5/5

SWEET

2/5

MALT

Extra Pale Ale Malt, Light Munich Malt

HOPS

Kent Grown First Gold, Yakima Valley USA Cascade & German Hallertauer Perle

 

Viceroy – 5.0%

“Viceroy IPA is at the lower end of the abv spectrum at 5%, but its nose still grabs and then caresses with the musky, aromatic air of the hop sack (a common characteristic of Brit-IPAs perhaps). Orange-amber in colour, it also has a wilful orange marmalade nose, which is very reminiscent of said marmalade spread on gently toasted white bread (fresh of course); there’s also the aforementioned hop sack come-hither. On the palate a deep orange Cointreau strike, hints of cherry brandy (and even almond paste), plus some mouth-warming alcohol notes — all toiling together to make my palate as happy as the proverbial Larry. The finish is long and dry with a crisp graininess. The difference from the likes of Goose Island (and Punk IPA) is there, noted and known, it being much more of a soulful beast than its brash transatlantic (or Alba) cousins. A sensuous beer then, though not backward in coming forward, a purring beast that is happy for you to drink lots before it pounces. Excellent.” – Adrian Tierney-Jones

AROMA

Apricot, Hoppy, Peaches

TASTE

Citrus, Nutty, Hoppy

ABV

5%

BITTER

4/5

 

SWEET

2.5

 

MALT

Pale Ale

 

HOPS

Target, Progress

 

 

Tripl3 Trouble – 8.7%

Westerham’s interpretation of a Belgian Tripel, lightly spiced with Curaçao bitter orange peel, Maniguette pepper and Indian Coriander. Brewed with Abbaye yeast this dangerously drinkable pale amber beer has complex flavours of rich malt, oranges and a crisp hop finish. A big beer for special occasions.

 

AROMA

Malty, Spicy, Oranges

 

TASTE

Rich Malt, Warming, Oranges

 

ABV

8.7%

 

BITTER

2/5

SWEET

3.5/5

MALT

Extra Pale. Light Munich, Caragold, Light Crystal, Fairtrade Demerara Syrup, Best Ale

HOPS

Žatec, Curaçao bitter orange peel, Maniguette pepper, Indian Coriander

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