A Touch of Prost is our exclusive Oktoberfest collaboration with Tempest Brew Co, one of the country's best new breweries. Pick it up now!
We love a good pun, almost as much as a good beer. This Beer Hawk collaboration with Scotland’s Tempest Brew Co is both.Tempest Brew Co is a new brewery based in Tweedbank, on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. It’s a beautiful part of the country, one full of rushing rivers and sprightly springs. It’s the perfect place for a brewery, and Tempest is a brewery that has excelled in a short space of time, winning Scottish Brewery of the Year in 2016, and entering RateBeer’s Top 100 Breweries in the World in 2017… an incredible achievement. After tasting the beers ourselves, we knew that we wanted to be involved with them. And quickly. Beer Buyer Paul Marshall was the one who made the first contact. He said: “We have only been working together for a short while, but the standard of brewing and beers such as their ‘All The Leaves are Brown’ (Brown Ale, 10.5%) and ‘Mexicake’ (Imperial Stout, 11%) caught my attention instantly.”So when we wanted to create a beer for Oktoberfest, Tempest Brew Co was the first brewery we asked. “This was very much an ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’ situation,” Paul said. “I decided to ask them if they would be willing to collaborate with us to create something special for Oktoberfest, and the answer we received was much more than I expected! Not only were we granted access to help determine the recipe, we were allowed to design the label and come up with a name for the beer also!”And so here is the genesis of the name too. Another ‘Oktoberfest style pun had been done to death, so working back from the word ‘prost’, the German word for ‘cheers’ that is shouted over wooden benches in Munich’s Oktoberfest, they came up with ‘A Touch of Prost’. A great pun, and a loving nod to one of the best comedians the UK has ever produced, David Jason. The star, of course, of the TV detective drama, A Touch of Frost. See what we did?
So what of the beer? It’s Festbier, the type of Marzen that is brewed especially for Oktoberfest, but with a slight difference. It’s a light pale version, brewed with oats and wheat to give it a swishy, foamy head on top of a lightly sweet, effervescent body. The hops offer notes of pine on the nose, and there’s a light sourness to it, adding the final part of the jigsaw that makes this beer supremely drinkable. Prost indeed!
If you find yourself reading this, it’s probably for one of two reasons. Either you’ve made the sound decision and invested in a Phillips PerfectDraft Machine and want to learn more about it; or it could be that you’re still on the fence and are asking yourself “Should I buy a PerfectDraft?”. Hopefully this nifty little guide will put your mind at ease and quell any doubts or concerns you have.
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Father’s Day, 16th June 2019, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer -loving Dad, then check out our top 10 Father’s Day craft beer gifts.
In case you missed the explosion of teddy bears and chocolate roses love is apparently in the air. And while you’ve been trying to decide on the perfect Valentine gift for other half this year, we've been busy scouring the shelves for the most tenuous Valentine’s Day-related beers we could find. Enjoy.
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