[UK] The Cornish Seaweed Company and a Redruth beer maker have come together to unveil a new Cornish tipple.
Gatekeeper, created by Keltek Cornish Brewery in collaboration with the Gweek-based seaweed company, is the latest tempting offering that’s been announced just before Christmas.
The 5.6% Porter style beer is the brain child of Rob Jones, Keltek’s head brewer, keen scuba diver and beer enthusiast.
“I knew Kelp had been used in brews, so I started to put a few ideas together and I was confident the liquorice sweetness you get from kelp would enhance a porter,” he said.
“I researched other beers, and of course tasted some too – it’s benchmarking!
“After all this, I had a recipe ready to go – but I still needed to source some kelp, so we got in touch with Tim at the Cornish Seaweed Company.”
The team at The Cornish Seaweed Company free dive off the Cornish coast and harvest the kelp by hand, they are very careful about where and when the harvest to ensure the sustainability of it all.
The Keltek team has used a blend of five different types of malted barley to achieve the colour, depth of flavour and mouth feel.
“This is a heavy beer, perfect for the winter nights ahead”, added Rob.
“The brewing process starts at 8am with the mash, this is where we steep the barley and water together for 90 minutes – we try to control every detail, the temperature and rations here are critical to the end product.”
Amazingly each beer is different. The kelp came from Gweek dried and ready to go, Keltek cut it into shorter lengths and added it to the mash, releasing the sugars to give us that all important sweetness.
As well as the barley and kelp they used a blend of British and German hops to give a sturdy and smooth bitterness.
“Our range was missing a porter”, said Rob. “We have brews down at 3.4% ranging right up to 7.5%, but we had nothing as dark as this one, at this time of year drinkers tend to drink darker & heavier beers.
“We also want to show our creativity – brewing is an equal share of science and craft, we are aiming to bring out a number of new beers in 2018.”
Naming the beer posed a small headache. The French word “Porteur” roughly translates to “doorman” or “gatekeeper”, so Keltek has kept the name in line with the style of beer in a roundabout kind of way.
It also fits in with the rest of their range being based around the legends of King Arthur and his castles.
Meanwhile the 4% pilsner style lager, Swifties Cornish Lager, which is also produced by Keltek is now being supplied to local branches of Wetherspoons.
Chris Wilson from Keltek said: “There has been much demand from drinkers at ‘Spoons’ for a quality Cornish lager and Swifties fits right into that.
“It is absolutely great to see our craft lager on the taps in such a large venue.
“We take great care and pride in our products, we only use the finest malts and hops from across the globe, coupled with a careful ageing process gives a clean, crisp and refreshing taste.
“Our aim is to help raise the profile of quality Cornish products at a reasonable price.”
Photo: Keltek Cornish Brewery’s Gatekeeper is now available.
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