There is no doubt that Suffolk is a wonderful place to live and work..especially if you taste beer for a living! And Beer&Co recently had the pleasure of visiting one of the county’s most exciting and innovative brewers, Tom Norton from Little Earth Project, for a special tasting with Beer reviewer and vlogger Jake Overton.
Little Earth Project , based near Sudbury, specialises in brewing historic, farmhouse & wild beers using organically farmed ingredients from the local landscape.
It’s fair to say that we loved Toms wild beer – and are thrilled to announce that we have managed to snag his latest brew – a stunning Rye & Amarillo Saison, 5.7% ABV – to debut at our forthcoming Saints Beer & Folk Fest.
We have pulled together a range of wonderful and rare beers for the Festival (from Suffolk and across the UK), including a specialist vegan, transatlantic IPA and fruit beer – and will be releasing more of these in the lead-up to the event. But for now, we thought that you might like to see Jakes review of this very special Saison:
Beer Review: Rye & Amarillo Saison 5.7%
It looks, smells and tastes amazing, is produced using wild and organically farmed ingredients from the local landscape – and it also happens to be brewed from a special Saison recipe that is inspired by the tradition of Belgian farmhouse brewing…but has yet to be released by the brewery for public consumption.
Little Earth Project are creating quite a stir across the UK – and it is easy to see why. They are doing things a little differently to the plethora of American inspired craft breweries around at the moment – instead, specialising in creating historic, farmhouse and sour beers. And boy are they doing it well!
The Look: Extremely appealing – tight white foam on the top and a pin bright naturally hazy body.
The Aroma: Light and full of orange and lemon zest, followed by a peppery note and a bit of farmhouse funk from Little Earth Projects own mixed culture yeast.
The Taste: The drinkability of this beer is second to none with a fantastic pillowy mouthfeel, a touch of bitterness from the Amarillo hops and a dry finish that makes you want to come back for more. Flavour wise you get orange zest, spices, a light sourness and rye malt, with a hint of sweet biscuit.
Overall, this truly is a 10/10 beer as far as I am concerned. And if you fancy being one of the first (ever!) to taste it for yourself, pop along to Saints Beer & Folk Fest on the 28th and 29th of April at St. Peters By The Waterfront, Ipswich, where it will be served on tap (while stocks last!).