Beer of the Week: Fourpure Brewing Co. Castaway Mai Tai DIPA

With a name inspired by the four core ingredients used to produce beer (grain, yeast, hops and water), Fourpure Brewing Co. 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.

A new addition to Fourpure’s line-up, Castaway Mai Tai DIPA is a Polynesian-inspired double IPA with a tropical edge. Brewed with Amarillo, Denali and Citra hops to bring bold fruit nuances, plus two varieties of oats. Naturally, natural flavours of almond, lime and brown sugar have also been added in celebration of the beer’s namesake Tiki cocktail. On pour from the can, Castaway Mai Tai DIPA has a hazy golden complexion, capped with a white head. Instant aromas of fruit salad escape as soon as the can is opened, joined by additional wafts of pineapple, orange juice and rind, plus feint almond. Tropical fruit notes continue on the palate alongside a wave of bitterness as expected from the hop driven nose, prevailing alongside some light malt notes, lime juice and almond which lingers on the silky finish.

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

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