Beer of the Week: Fourpure Brewing Co. Session IPA

With a name inspired by the four core ingredients used to produce beer (grain, yeast, hops and water), Fourpure Brewing Co. recently celebrated their fifth birthday, having launched as a family-run brewery in October 2013. Since then, the brewery has gone from strength to strength, now regarded as one of London’s most exciting craft beer producers, recently bought out by Australian-headquartered Lion (joining a portfolio which includes Australian craft breweries Little Creatures and Malt Shovel Brewery, amongst others).

Operating from a site on Bermondsey Trading Estate, between Surrey Quays and Millwall Football Club, Fourpure has always set out to craft the best possible beer, executed with exceptional attention to detail at the forefront. Avoiding cutting corners, the brewery’s rigorous quality control and brewing process has allowed the brewery to produce a remarkable range of beers, supported by national listings in some of the country’s most recognisable retailers. In 2017, Fourpure Brewing Co. was also named the Society of Independent Brewer’s Most Innovative Brewery.

Seizing every opportunity to improve performance in the face of strong growth, Fourpure also has a prominent focus on sustainability and the environment. In 2014, the brewery began canning their beers, subsequently becoming the first London brewery to can their entire range. As well as promoting better quality control, canning is also a lighter, more sustainable packaging option – indefinitely recyclable. Also, with aluminium significantly lighter than glass, cans have a lower carbon footprint than bottles.

Inspired by travel, the brewery’s flagship Session IPA is influenced by American brewing (New York, in particular), using big, bold hops to produce an easy-drinking, extraordinarily refreshing beer. Brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops, Fourpure Brewing Co.’s Session IPA has a punchy aroma and vibrant flavour profile, well-matched with various foods, harbouring a relatively low ABV at 4.2 per cent.

On pour from the can, the beer has a light gold-amber complexion: slightly hazy and capped with a fleeting white head. Bold fruit notes are prominent on the nose – particularly grapefruit and some small stone fruits – alongside feint yeast, biscuit and grass aromas. Pithy, citric potency continues on the palate, matched with typical IPA bitterness and a doughy note overtaken by a spectacularly clean, juicy finish. A highly drinkable Session IPA.

Further information on Fourpure Brewing Co. can be found here.

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