We brew our seasonal ales to mark an event, incorporate seasonal ingredients or, sometimes, just for the fun of it.
The following seasonal ales we have planned will be produced for short periods of time. Some may be only one batch; others may be more. So if you would like some, don’t hang around or it may be gone before you know it.
However, if you are looking to establish an ale on your bar for a longer period of time, please check out our KEEPERS range.
December 2019 to February 2020
Fireside Glow 4.4%
Perfect winter warmer ale. Rich brown ale with toffee malts and subtle hop aroma.
Hops: Pilgrim and Columbus.
From February 2020
Ninth Life 5.9%
Historically, spring was a time for brewing strong ales, and at 5.9% this hoppy, golden IPA certainly follows in that tradition.
Our strongest cask ale has a wonderful liquorice, citrus and peppery hop aroma, balanced with a smooth blend of full-bodied pale malts.
Hops: First Gold, Columbus and Cascade.
St Augustine’s Cross 4.8%
For centuries monks have been brewing ales to quench the thirst of wandering pilgrims, but the Trappist monks of Belgium have taken this art to heavenly heights.
St Augustine’s Cross – named after the landing site of St Augustine in Thanet in 597AD – is our homage to the famed “Abbaye” style beers brewed by the Trappists. Rich and flavoursome, with a perfectly balanced hop profile and a delightfully refreshing finish, this truly is a divine ale.
“Possibly our best beer ever” – Peter Meaney, Director
Hops: Target, East Kent Golding, Aurora and Cascade
Serious Plottin’ 4.8%
Historically, saisons were a group of refreshing summer ales made by farmers in Belgium to serve to farm labourers. We’ve taken that one step further by adding Rhubarb for tartness sourced from Brogdale CIC’s own allotment.
Brogdale CIC are based here at Brogdale Farm and develop leisure and work related opportunities for young adults with learning difficulties within a mainstream community environment. For more information visit brogdalecic.co.uk.
June – September 2020
Pow Wow 3.6%
Wild West Cascade and Tomahawk hops produce a fruity, balanced, refreshingly light summer session beer.
When the Natives are gathering and the Spirit may be with you for hours or days, when dancing to the drum and banging your feet with a Ya Hey! may be required, you need to last the distance. Pow Wow session pale ale is brewed to be enjoyed for all those long mystical gatherings.
Hops: Cascade and Tomahawk
WIPA Snappa 4.4%
For the true hop-head. This white IPA will have all the hoppy goodness you would expect with a true IPA, but subtle spicy notes of a wheat beer. Zesty fruit flavours come from Jester®, Columbus and First Gold hops. Naturally hazy.
Special Relationship 4.8%
British Hops (Challenger and Bramling Cross nurtured in Kent) and American hops (Centennial, grown in Washington) combine in this distinctive hoppy, fruity and spicy ale to stand firm against the evils of the world.
American Pale Ales are normally characterised as having high quantities of very citrussy american hops. We love them, but with this beer we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to create a distinctive brew with a blend of both English and American Hops, that is, an Anglo-American Pale Ale. English hops, specifically Bramling Cross and Challenger, often offer a smooth bittering and gentle but distinctive aroma. A good start. We then add a small amount of American Centennial hops for an extra edge of citrusy aroma.
August – September 2019
Plum Source Porter 4.3%
Being based at The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, we are surrounded by the oldest, rarest, most delicious fruits in the world, so why haven’t we used them in our beers?! Well, now we have!
With access to 337 varieties of plums on-site, a plum porter was calling out to be made. Using a rare, heritage variety sourced directly from the orchards behind the brewery, we produce a rich, rounded, mouth-watering porter. Because we use the best and ripest plum variety available on brew day, every batch is completely unique.
Hops: Magnum, First Gold, East Kent Golding and Bramling Cross
Green Hop Season – September 2020
Green Crispin Amber Ale 4.0% and Green Hop Oatrageous 3.8%
September brings the hop harvest to Kent and to celebrate this local natural bounty we brew ales made with fresh ‘green’ hops picked just hours before we brew. We simply go to the hop farm, load up with fresh hops and add them straight into our copper.
As they are not dried, green hops retain more of their delicious aromas, helping to produce wonderful beers that can only be found at this time of year. And with them needing to be so fresh, all the hops come from our local area.
We always make two different ales with the green hops and this year sees the return of a couple of popular ales.
One is going to be a green hop version of our flagship Crispin Amber Ale, which is made with East Kent Golding hops. This version will have the added dimension of fresh EKG from Syndale Farm, less than a mile from our brewery. Delicious with herbal and floral aromas.
The other is our award winning Green Hop Oatrageous, which picked up the best session ale award at 2019 Canterbury green hop festival. At 3.8% this pale ale is surprisingly full-bodied thanks to a large helpling of oats. Not too weak and not too strong, it wont cause anyone to quaker in their boots (geddit).
A local delicacy, check out the Green Hop Festival for more details.
October 2019 – January 2020
Jet Black Stout 4.5%
All stouts are black, but this one is jet black! Roasted barley and black malt provide depth of colour and lend a dry bitterness, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, which is balanced with caramel malts and oats that provide sweetness and body.
Bramling Cross hops are added for their dark berry flavours and a gentle bitterness, whilst a touch of Cascade brings a fruity twist. This smooth, full bodied stout has a complex flavour and is our most highly rated beer. What more could dark beer lovers want?!
Hops: Cascade and Bramling Cross