• Two Breweries, One Recipe, One Unique Beer - Can you taste the difference?

    It’s a debate that’s raged among beer drinkers whenever a brewery moves production to a new site – does the beer taste the same?

    When the Leeds based Tetley Brewery was closed in 2011, and demolished in 2012, production was contracted out by Carlsberg to breweries in Wolverhampton, Tadcaster and Hartlepool. Some people felt that the flavour of Tetley Bitter had changed, while others felt it tasted the same.

    Two Nottinghamshire micro-breweries are now set to see whether two beers brewed to the exact same recipe, using identical ingredients from the same batches can taste the same when brewed in two different locations.

    Welbeck Abbey Brewery is situated in the heart of a historic landed estate in rural Nottinghamshire, while Lincoln Green Brewing Company is based in Hucknall, just seven miles north of Nottingham city centre.

    It’s fair to say that perception of beer flavour is based on many factors sometimes out of the control of the brewer; the conditions under which it’s served, what we’ve eaten or drunk beforehand, the design of the pump clip and even our opinion of the brewery in question.

    Similarly factors within the brewing process may differ causing subtle changes to the same ingredients; changes in temperature at which the beer is made, the shape of the vessels used or the source water.

    Anthony Hughes from Lincoln Green Brewery says, “On the day of the brew, we’ll be keeping in touch with one another to check that our processes are in line – we’re doing everything we can to produce two identical beers that should taste the same.”

    “We’ve used the same malt, hops and yeast in our identical recipe so that the only differences between the two beers will be the location in which they’re brewed – so that means the source water and brewing vessels we’re using”, says Head Brewer Claire Monk of Welbeck Abbey.

    The end result will be two beers called ‘Gemini’, reflecting the astrological sign of the zodiac represented by the symbol ‘The Twins’, and will be a 4.3% American Hopped Pale Ale. Casks of ‘Gemini’ will be sold in pairs to participating pubs – enabling customers a unique opportunity to taste the beers side by side; for trade pubs interested in stocking the beer, please contact either brewery.

    Gemini will be released for sale in participating pubs on Friday 27 January 2017 and will be available in Lincoln Green’s pubs, ‘The Robin Hood (AND) Little John’ in Arnold and ‘The Sir John Borlase Warren’ at Canning Circus, Nottingham, together with Welbeck Brewery’s ‘Portland House’ in Sheffield and other real ale outlets.

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