I recently travelled to the UK to work on a special project for JD Wetherspoon with Fergus Fitzgerald, Head Brewer at Adnams in Southwold where we brewed an Irish Red Ale which will be exclusively available in JD Wetherspoon pubs throughout the UK on St Patrick’s Day – Sunday 17th of March.
Irish Red Ale
I went over for the brewday at Adnams Brewery with fellow Irishman Fergus – originally from Limerick, Fergus studied Biotechnology in WIT and is now head brewer for Adnam’s.
Fergus explains how the brew came to be made: “Irish Red ale seemed a natural choice as Cormac already brews a version at Dungarvan, and there are really only two Irish Beer styles to consider – Irish Dry Stout and Irish Red. The recipe was created when Cormac first visited Adnams Brewery in January. We came up with a brew that is stylistically a blend of both breweries and used Cormac’s yeast so that we could capture a bit of the character of the Dungarvan beers in our Adnams brew. The recipe uses pale ale malt, crystal malt, rye crystal and roasted barley along with Admiral hops.”
It was such a fantastic experience to work with Fergus, and work on such a larger scale than what I’m used to. I’m delighted that I was asked over and made so welcome by both Adnam’s and Wetherspoons, and am looking forward to going back again on St Patrick’s Day to sample a pint!
The beer is a 4.5% Irish Red Ale, copper red in colour. It has a toffee aroma with a slight roasted note. There is more toffee on the palate which is balanced by a good herbal bitterness.
Irish Red Ale will be exclusively available in cask at JD Wetherspoon pubs on St Patrick’s Day.