Beer of the Week – Bedlam Brewery Benchmark

Strength: 4%

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. ‘Benchmark’ – an amber coloured ale in a ‘best’ tradition boasts pungent hoppy aromas that are joined by biscuit malt that continues on the palate. These are joined by sweet tastes of toffee, chocolate and treacle, with a touch of citrus for balance. As a result, Bedlam’s finish is, at first, bitter until transforming into a smoother balanced mouth feel that makes for a very quaffable beer.

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