Our tenth birthday present to ourselves was a beautiful new brewery. To celebrate, we invited six legendary breweries from the UK craft beer scene to help us put it through its paces. The party comes in the form of the resulting Birthday Beers series.
For a Pale Ale focussing on the infinite potential of the freshest, finest hops, it had to be our South West pals at DEYA.
YC301 is a magical technique developed by grower-owned hop suppliers Yakima Chief, where fresh hops are frozen and pelletized straight from the field, then shipped directly to brewers to use during fermentation, still frozen. In combination with the DEYA approach to dry hopping, this super-fresh treatment of our beloved Citra and Mosaic packs an astonishing amount of aroma and flavour into our sessionable, smooth little 3.5% beer.