Barrel of Laughs
Colour: Golden, naturally clouded, merest pinkish blush.
Hops: First Gold, Styrian Wolf.
Grains: Malted wheat, pale Maris Otter malt.
Availability: 28th March 2018 for a single gyle.
Try saying chuckleberry without a grin taking over your lips and you'll see what a good fit the name Barrel of Laughs is. Launching just before April Fool's Day, this wheat beer waves a hankie for the Leominster Morris team and all of the morris teams coming along for the Marches Morris Festival in the summer. Join us for a bell-jingling, stick-thwacking, braces-pinging very fine drink of Barrel of Laughs wheat beer at the brewery on Good Friday 30th March 9-3 at our free tasting day.
The balance of malted wheat and pale Maris Otter malt in our recipe for Barrel of Laughs clouded chuckleberry wheat beer creates a continental, juicy taste. The natural cloudiness creates a depth to the golden colour of this wheat beer with a kiss of pink from the chuckleberries. Unfined, therefore with a natural haze, this is a vegan beer.
Hop character is delivered by early First Gold and late Styrian Wolf which offer citrus notes; we pick up the grapefruit in particular. Now what of the chuckleberries? Full marks if you can list redcurrant, gooseberry and jostaberry for the ancestry of this smile-inducing little fruit. They look like blackberries and it's certainly a red fruit aroma that they impart. We looked to these Herefordshire-grown chaps to add a tartness and bite to Barrel of Laughs, infusing them in the finished beer in the fermentation vessel for one week. The strength of 4.4% works for this complex, characterful beer encouraging considered quaffing.