Hops: Challenger, Cascade, Ernest, Goldings - all Herefordshire.
Grains: Pale Maris Otter, wheat.
Availability: Regularly available.
Swan Blonde ale is brewed to be pale, refreshing, with a satisfying lingering hop character. In Spring around Herefordshire, perennial hops hurtle up the strings in the hop yards, adding vibrant green hues to the landscape. It was this scene that first gave us inspiration for our blonde ale.
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.
And from the archives.....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. Have a look at Visit our Brewery for dates.
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.