A limited edition Yeovil Show Ale, made with the first Centennial & Polaris hops to be successfully grown in Somerset for 100 years, has been developed in conjunction with a local microbrewery and will be available exclusively at the third Yeovil Show on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15h July.
The Ale is a 6% full bodied English IPA with every hop grown on lush Somerset pastures located in a tiny hillside hamlet outside Chard. The resulting hops shine with a fruity citrus blast, over a richly satisfying malt base for a truly seasonal and local brew.
Only 60 cans of this exclusive ale will be available to Yeovil Show goers and will be sold from the Somerset Lawn –a new attraction for the show and which will be exclusively dedicated to some of the finest names on the Somerset food and drink circuit.
The Ale has been created by the Tapstone Brew Co, an experimental brewery specialising in the development of fresh hoppy hazy beers and based on the outskirts of Chard. Founded three years ago by James Davies, ex Head Brewer at Dawkins Ales, Tapstone was built from the ground up to be tailored to James’ specific needs. James has ambitious plans for the Brewery, looking to double his production over the next few months, open a Brewery Tap for Chard Residents, and, most uniquely, to utilise his extensive knowledge of hop cultivation to introduce a modern hop breeding programme in Somerset.
Explaining the concept James said: ‘The hops used for the Yeovil Show Ale and which were planted last year, were ordered from the USA as a trial programme to establish whether hops grow well in Somerset. The answer is that yes they do. As such, those that were harvested will form the basis of a new and exciting genus of Somerset hops. These are due to be planted into the ground imminently.
Sam Mackenzie Green, Event Director is delighted to have the eponymous guest ale at the Yeovil Show: ‘The Yeovil Show is all about celebrating local Somerset businesses and their dedication to their craft. This Ale is a perfect example of a small business really pushing the boundaries and doing something completely unique. We can’t wait to try it!’
Real Ale fans who miss out on a Yeovil Show Ale (and with only sixty cans available, this is a distinct possibility) will be able to indulge alternatively and confidently in a pint of Tapstone-brewed Sea Monster, a 4.2% fruity pale ale, extra hopped with Somerset hops.