Hops: Challenger, Cascade, Ernest, Goldings - all Herefordshire.
Grains: Pale Maris Otter, wheat.
Availability: March, April, May 2019.
Swan Blonde is here to herald the arrival of Spring. It’s brewed to be pale, refreshing, with a satisfying lingering hop character. This is the time of year when perennial hops start to shoot and within weeks they will be hurtling up the strings in the hop yards.
No Winter lasts forever. No Spring skips its turn.
Pale Maris Otter finest brewing malt delivers the inviting pale golden hue of Swan Blonde. The hops cover Challenger for bittering and Cascade, Ernest and Goldings for aroma, all grown in the Hopshires, specifically the Hereford-Ledbury-Bromyard triangle. What stands out for us is the honey, spicy notes from Head Brewer’s favoured Goldings hops. At 3.7% Swan Blonde is distinctly sessionable.
Swan Blonde was launched at our Tasting Day on Friday 5th April. At Swan Brewery Tasting Days, there's a drink on the house for all visitors, brewing to watch, the shop to browse and a dart board for practice. Be among the first people to taste this new seasonal beer, alongside other ales from the Swan Brewery portfolio.
Our friends at Mousetrap Cheese came up with the perfect cheeses to match the beers in our Tasting Day selection. For Swan Blonde they recommended Worcester Hop which is a really tangy blended cheddar, coated in toasted hops. Smooth and creamy, with a little crystal crunch, it’s vegetarian and pasteurised. It’s made in Worcestershire yet using Herefordshire hops.