Beer of the Week: Knowle Spring Blonde from Timothy Taylor

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Named after the Knowle Spring upon which the Timothy Taylor’s brewery sits and draws its water, this easy-drinking 4.2 per cent blonde ale has been recently launched as a cask beer and in 500ml bottles.

The five Heriot Watt trained Taylor’s brewers have combined English grown whole leaf Cascade, Chinook and Minstrel hops, plus Strisselspelt hops from Alsace, with their unique Knowle Spring well water, Taylor’s Taste yeast and Golden Promise barley to create a light, refreshing, aromatic beer with floral and grapefruit aromas, spiced orange on the tongue followed by citrus hop to finish.

Andrew Leman, head brewer, and his team, are delighted with the results. He says: “It was important to develop a cask beer that has the depth of flavour that drinkers associate with Timothy Taylor’s.”

Tim Dewey, chief executive of Timothy Taylor’s summed things up, saying: “We certainly aren’t known for speed here at Taylor’s but from the comments I’ve heard our new Knowle Spring is a blonde that people feel has been well worth the wait.”

Annabel Smith, leading beer sommelier, suggests matching it with whole tail scampi with tartare sauce or chicken burger with mayo and sweet potato fries.

Blonde beers have been enjoying increased interest and growth in the last few years and this is sure to be a winner.