In Swanderlust 3.7% pale ale we showcase local Jester hops and the wonderful grapefruit, lychee and blackcurrant hop character they can bring to an ale. We wanted to craft an ale where the style of the beer, its ease of drinking and the distinctiveness of the hops could transport you to faraway climes without the need to leave the pub you are sitting in. We love the beer’s name and the sense of exploration, which we bring to life through Jimmy Swan’s selection of Herefordshire Jester hops for the hop aroma and lasting hop character.
To understand why Jester hops have been so successful in their short commercial life, we can look to changing tastes amongst ale drinkers. In our research around Ernest hops, which we brew with for Swan Love and Swan Blonde, we read that in the late 1950s they were considered “too American”. Over the past couple of decades drinkers have come to love “new world” aromas of tropical fruit such as lychee or citrus such as grapefruit. West Coast America grown hops such as Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo or Comet are high profile craft hops.
The Charles Faram Hop Development Programme looks to breed hops that can be grown in the UK with these contemporary profiles, building in disease resistance and good yields. Herefordshire Jester has rapidly become well established on the back of that – it is understandably a brewers’ favourite.
This beer is a seasonal special so it isn’t available for sale at the moment.
Have a look at the Our Beers page to see the programme for specials in 2022.
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