American Craft-Brewing Comes To Leicester
Two of America’s most respected craft brewers enjoyed a productive trip to Leicester recently. Will Meyers from Massachusetts brewpub Cambridge Brewing Company and Peter Bouckaert from The New Belgium Brewing Company, Colorado, visited Everards Brewery in mid September. Their mission was to guest-brew over 150,000 pints of award-winning beer to be sold at JD Wetherspoon’s International Beer Festival, which runs nationwide at its pubs this autumn.
Working closely with the Everards team, including head brewer Graham Giblett, Meyers and Bouckaert oversaw the production of their own-recipe Sgt Pepper Farmhouse Ale and New Belgium Pale Ale respectively.
Both beers will be served at more than 800 UK Wetherspoon pubs during the autumn festival.
For its international festivals, JD Wetherspoon regularly brings international brewers to the UK to recreate their own iconic beers. Meyers’ Sgt Pepper – a 4.2% ‘farmhouse ale’ brewed with four types of peppercorn – and Bouckaert’s New Belgium Pale Ale (5.2%) are two of this year’s chosen brews.
Everards head of brewing and sales operations Nick Arthur said: “We are fortunate enough to be one of the few breweries selected this year to host international brewers to produce beer for the Wetherspoon International Beer Festival. We’re proud to have been selected because of our commitment to quality and our flexible approach that allows guest brewers to really get involved in replicating their beers.”
“From this project we’ve been introduced to new ingredients, beer styles and brewers. Such relationships have born Everards’ Artigianale, brewed earlier this year. In the past we have hosted guest brewers from the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Corfu, Italy, Belgium and Sweden.”
Everards head brewer Graham Giblett said: “Meeting up with brewers like Will and Peter gives you plenty to think about. The main thing you learn from collaborations is that new ideas in brewing are never ending. We’ll certainly be using some of the new ideas we’ve picked up in future Everards beers.”
Everards is also brewing 63,600 pints of its limited edition Pumpkin Ale (3.8%) for the Wetherspoon International Beer Festival. Pumpkin, set to come out in October to celebrate Hallowe’en, is a rich ruby beer with a burnt, smoky character balanced with light citrus flavours from Styrian Dana hops.
Image: Will Meyers