Brewed: Albourne, West Sussex
Based on a farm near Brighton, Bedlam Brewery prides itself not only on its quality ingredients used throughout the brewing process of their core range, but also on the environment. All of the energy that’s required for brewing comes from onsite solar panels, the brewery plant and harvest their own hops, and they also supply local farmers with free hops and spent grain in order to feed their cattle.
As for the beer, all six expressions are brewed using whole cone hops as well as the best available barley malt. The brewery’s Czech-style Pilsner, for instance, is brewed with Saaz – a “noble” hop variety that’s commonly used in European lagers, generally offering bold aromas and low bitterness. When poured, the straw-coloured beer is particularly effervescent and is topped with a foamy white head. On the nose, prominent notes of honey are joined with hints of cereal, biscuit malt and some pithy citrus from the Saaz hops. The sweet notes all continue onto the palate and are finished by some very slight bitterness, plus a dry lingering mouth feel. Refreshing, light and relatively sweet – Bedlam’s Pilsner is an ideal beer to enjoy while clinging on to the very last moments of summer.
Bedlam are set to launch their online store this week, offering their beers in cases of 12. Customers can choose between bottles of Pilsner, India Pale Ale, Benchmark, Golden Ale, Porter or a mixed case. Prices range between £3.00 for individual bottles to £28.00 for a box of 12 beers, or £45 for a box of 24 beers, including P&P. Further information can be found bedlambrewery.co.uk.